Feast of Saint Junípero Serra
July 1, 2024

Dear DIA Collaborators,

I hope that this message finds you in a season of renewal and refreshment this summer. On this feast day of St. Junípero Serra, I would be remiss if I did not highlight the powerful, evangelizing work that DIA-co-founding school JSerra (San Juan Capistrano, CA) has been doing. If you have not yet listened to the phenomenal interview with JSerra’s Vice President of Mission and Ministry, Pat Reidy, I highly encourage you to do so.  Dr. Tim Uhl’s Catholic School Matters podcast had Mr. Reidy on just two weeks ago to discuss the amazing fruit being borne at this special Catholic school.

Click here to listen to the interview.

Speaking of podcasts, I want to thank personally our own Fr. Randy Sly, executive producer and lead host of DIA’s podcast, Follow to Lead.  At this time, he has recorded and produced 83 episodes, and he is a wonderful gift to our apostolate.  He had a career in radio before going into ministry, first in the Anglican rite where he eventually became a bishop, and then ultimately came home to the Catholic Church.  Follow to Lead episodes are released twice monthly—on First and Third Fridays. The recent June 7th episode with Hallow co-founder Alessandro DiSanto is goosebump-good! (DIA-member schools receive a discount on the Hallow app!)

Click here to listen to that episode and find all archived ones.

We have spent the past several months planning and programming our 10th annual Summit, which the University of St. Thomas will host on its campus October 21 – 23. We are thrilled to have Cardinal DiNardo’s endorsement and have him celebrate the Mass on St. John Paul the Great’s Feast Day with a Eucharstic procession to follow.  

I thank you for your continued interest and support of DIA. We are encouraged by the growing interest in the work we are doing in the vineyard of Catholic education. May God continue to bless and renew you this summer! 

St. John Paul the Great, Patron Saint of DIA, pray for us!

Duc In Altum!
Kyle M. Pietrantonio
Executive Director