Salesianum Celebrates Thanksgiving Mass

The Salesianum School community celebrated its Thanksgiving Mass on Nov. 22. Very Rev. James E. Greenfield, OSFS, provincial of the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales, was the presider, and Salesianum welcomed back Rev. Mr. Ryan Cronshaw, OSFS ’05.


In this time of Thanksgiving, Very Rev. Greenfield stressed in his address to the students and faculty that they re-focus on the present moment and remain grateful for the promise of the future. Sometimes we get caught up in what happened five minutes ago – which is gone – and what might happen in five minutes – a gift still unfulfilled – that we don’t emphasize the decisions we need to make in the present, he said. Very Rev. Greenfield also reminded the students to remember the sacrifices the original Pilgrims made and the hardships they endured because of their religious beliefs.


The Mass also offered an opportunity to welcome back Rev. Mr. Cronshaw to Salesianum. A 2005 graduate of Salesianum, he shared his story about how Salesianum encouraged him to nurture his talents. His love of science took him to Virginia Tech, but Rev. Mr. Cronshaw still felt something was missing despite his academic success and social happiness. After spending a year at Virginia Tech’s Newman Community as a campus minister, he joined the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales nearly two years ago. Rev. Mr. Cronshaw’s remarks were warmly received by students and his former teachers alike.