February 14, 2018

Dear Members of the St. Paul's Community,

After five years as President of St. Paul's High School, I have been missioned by my Provincial Superior to a new posting in Montreal, effective September 2018. With the creation of the new Province of Canada, a fully bilingual Province of the Jesuits, I will be heading up the yet-to-be-created Translation Office, responsible for ensuring that all communication from the Province is in both English and French. That office will expand in the near future to become the translation Office of the Jesuit Conference of Canada and the United States and add Spanish to the mix.

In addition, I will serve as the Province Secretary, handling all of the official documentation required by the Society of Jesus, which essentially consists of communications with the General “Headquarters” in Rome.

And finally I will continue to serve as the Provincial’s Assistant for Secondary and Pre-secondary Education, providing leadership and coordination for our five schools across Canada, and linking with the Jesuit Schools Network of Canada and the US.

These past five years at St. Paul’s have been among the happiest of my life. I have thoroughlyenjoyed interacting with the various constituents of the St. Paul’s community and have fallen in love with Winnipeg and the St. Paul’s community. It will be a difficult separation. But over 50 years ago I made my commitment to the Society of Jesus with vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience. So when my Superior tells me he wants me in Montreal, there is no question in my mind about going. And I know from my past experience that the grace of God will sustain me in my new work, just as it has sustained me in all my previous assignments.

We have already begun the work of finding a new President. A Search Committee has been named and is in the process now of creating an advertisement for the position. That committee will later be expanded to become a Selection Committee to review and evaluate the applications that result. I am hopeful and optimistic that we will find the right person to move the school forward in its continuing development. But I ask you to join me in sincere prayer to the Holy Spirit to help us in the process.

I take this opportunity to thank all of you for your generous support both for me personally and for our wonderful school. You are St. Paul’s and you make this school the outstanding institution that it is. It has been an honour and a privilege to serve you; I hope I have served you well.

Please pray for me.

Fr. Len Altilia, SJ

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