Mr. Peter Morelli














President's Message

May 2, 2016



It's hard to believe that the time has come for me to write the final newsletter for the 2015-16 school year and the conclusion of the 140th year of celebrating St. Mary's in Stockton.


One focal point for our students is the spirituality of St. Francis de Sales as we continue to encourage them to  "Be Who You Are and Be That Well."


Four years have quickly gone by as the class of 2016 awaits graduation. This particular class has accomplished much - they have grown and developed spiritually, academically, socially and athletically. We are very proud of each member of this class, and we know that the foundation is set for these students to enter adulthood capable of truly reflecting Christian virtues. God bless each one of them as they continue their journey through life.


We are very grateful and thankful to the teachers at St. Mary's. We appreciate their commitment to our students. They are here because they really want to teach and they want to serve God and His people.


I also want to recognize and thank my fellow administrators for their vision, support and guidance. They see St. Mary's High School as a living institution with focus on improving the "present." Finally, I am grateful to the staff who makes all these things happen.


In his book entitled The Seven Secrets of Successful Catholics, author Paul Wilkes observes:


"Ours is a life lived in the present tense. Memories may be precious or painful, plans lofty or low, but all we really have to live is today. Each day, each hour brings with it opportunities for our spirits to soar, for us to become the people we know we can be."


At any given moment, we can choose to live in one of three places. We can live in the past. We can wallow in yesterday. We can reopen old wounds. We can constantly revisit old hurts, old injustices or even past glories.


We can live in the future. We can spend our energies worrying about tomorrow, planning for next week or preparing for the next life.


Or, we can live in the present. While acknowledging our past and previewing our future, the only time over which we have any real influence is the present. The present moment is the only place in which we can deeply experience both the power and possibility of being human as God intends. Ironically, living in the present gives us the power to do two things: to reinterpret our past and to truly prepare for the future.


As one says in Latin, carpe diem: seize the day, seize each hour, seize each present moment. St. Francis de Sales reminds us to live in the present. "The day that is past must not judge the day present; the day that is present must not judge the day past. It is only the Last Day that judges all." "Let us think of only living well today, and when tomorrow comes, it will be called 'today'. Then we can think about it."


St. Mary's has been blessed in many ways, and we sincerely appreciate your support and especially your prayers.


Once you understand that God is the center of the universe, it's all very simple. Not a day goes by that I don't say, "Thank you." I am truly blessed!


I wish all of you a peaceful and restful summer. Let us keep each other in our thoughts and prayers.


Peter Morelli






St. Mary’s President Pete Morelli has been awarded the Art McNally Award for 2014. This award is named after the former head of officiating from 1968 to 1990, and recognizes an official for “exemplary professionalism, leadership and commitment to sportsmanship on and off the field.”  The NFL began this award in 2002 and past recipients include Bob McElwee, Larry Nemmers, Gerald Austin, and Ben Montgomery.


Mr. Morelli began his officiating career in 1971.  He progressed from the high school level to officiating in the Big West and Western Athletic Conferences before joining the NFL in 1997 as a field judge.  Morelli quickly exhibited his excellence and was assigned to Super Bowl XXXVI, where he had the honor of signaling the winning field goal as time expired.  Mr. Morelli became a referee at the beginning of the 2003 season and has worked several playoff games including the 2009 NFC Conference Championship Game. This season, he officiated the Lions-Cowboys Wild Card Game during which he had to address a controversial pass interference flag pickup by his crew.


Mr. Morelli is a graduate of St. Mary’s High School and was principal for a quarter century. Morelli was promoted to president last February.
























St. Mary's High School
5648 N. El Dorado St.
Stockton, CA 95207