The loss of two incredible people in one small December month has left a void in the lives of their families and in the lives of St. Joseph’s. Margaret Ann Moon and Roger Clinkscales were kind and thoughtful souls who, through their monumental lives, gave a lasting gift to everyone they encountered during their time on this planet. They have left profound legacies through their children, through their friends, through those in the community and everyone past, present, and future to walk the halls at St. Joseph’s. While our hearts are heavy as we mourn their passing, we find comfort knowing that the actions, prayers, and thoughts of these countless individual legacies will be a reflection of Mrs. Moon and Mr. Clinkscales lives. The impact they have left is indelible, and we are forever grateful for their sacrifice, loyalty, and love.
We are only able to catch a glimpse at the “big picture” but these brief examples are evidence that Mrs. Moon and Mr. Clinkscales, since their passing, are still advancing the mission of St. Joseph’s from the comfort of Heaven:
- Joseph Moon and his wife Ashlie welcomed a daughter, Ruby-Ann Moon, on February 6, 2015
- Alumni George Patrick McLeer works for the Mauldin Cultural Center to advance the presence and funding of arts in Upstate schools and communities
- Coach Paul Assinesi was named Region Coach of the Year and continues to spread the message of hard work and love of the game throughout the basketball program
- Sophomores James Capelle and John McBride received the Pillar of Faith and Pope Pius XII awards, respectively, at the Catholic Scout Convocation earlier this month
- Alumnae Clarissa Sutter co-leads a student ministry group at the Franciscan University of Steubenville and will be attending a mission trip working in a Haitian orphanage
- The National Honor Society hosted an Adult Computer Class to help Upstate adults learn/enhance computer skills
- Alumnae Belle Host works at MUSC in Charleston in Labor and Delivery
- St. Joseph’s recently established the SJCS Pope Francis Forum for Diversity and Dialogue. This forum seeks to improve the school community’s awareness of the desires, problems, and needs of others while learning how to engage in respectful, honest dialogue. It is the school’s desire that every student feel welcomed, understood, valued, and loved, and the hope is that this will result in a greater awareness of, sensitivity to, and solidarity with those of varying backgrounds and beliefs as we mutually seek the common good.
- Over thirty HS students traveled to the nation’s capital to participate in the March for Life and the Vigil Mass for Life at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.
- Several HS girls established a “Girl Talk” club–a new mentoring program to discuss issues and problems that girls face in their day-to-day activities.
- Teacher Meby Carr is traveling to an interfaith dialogue organization to Turkey to visit mosques, cathedrals, schools, and youth centers to demonstrate the possibilities of goodwill through interfaith collaboration.
We look forward to seeing much, much more from those who were influenced by the light and life of both Margaret Ann Moon and Roger Clinkscales.