La Reina appoints new head of school

Dr. Michael Bates

Dr. Michael Bates, assistant principal for student life at Louisville High School in Woodland Hills, has been appointed head of school at La Reina High School in Thousand Oaks, effective July 1.

“Dr. Bates is a man of great integrity, drive and faith,” said Dr. Christopher Tolcher, chairman of La Reina’s board of trustees. “He has experience working with faculty, students, parents, administrators and the local community in a leadership role, and in an environment that matches La Reina's very closely.”

Bates holds a Doctorate in Educational Leadership for Social Justice from Loyola Marymount University, a Master of Pastoral Studies from Loyola University Chicago, and a Bachelor of Arts in History with a minor in Philosophy from the Catholic University of America. He has served more than 20 years in Catholic secondary and higher education.

“What a wonderful opportunity this is to lead La Reina honoring the tremendous legacy of the Sisters of Notre Dame, the faculty and community of students, families and alumnae,” said Bates.

Opened in 1964, La Reina was recognized as a 2013 National Blue Ribbon School.


Voices

‘Digging a well together’

Father Ronald Rolheiser, OMI

Christian de Cherge, the Trappist Abbott who was martyred in Algeria in 1996, was fond of sharing this story: He had a very close Muslim friend, Mohammed, and the two of them used to pray together, even as they remained aware of their differences as Muslim and Christian.  

Aware too that certain schools of thought, both Muslim and Christian, warn against this type of prayer out of a sense that the various faiths are not praying to the same God, the two of them didn’t call their sessions together prayer. Rather they imagined themselves as “digging a well together.”

 

 

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  • Sunday, February 1

    Third Order Lay Carmelite Community Q & A Meeting, 1-4 p.m., St. Jane Frances de Chantal Church located at 12930 Hamlin St. North Hollywood. The Order is located throughout the Los Angeles area and open to new membership.  If interested in the ancient tradition of contemplative prayer, community and service, come and have your questions answered.  For more information, contact Regional Director Herman Briones, (818) 521-6564.

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