This year, St. Paul’s High School bids a fond farewell to a remarkable person who has helped educate hundreds of young men in Tuxedo and across our province.
Fr. Leonard Altilia leaves St. Paul’s High School after five outstanding years as president to take on new responsibilities in Montreal as the director of the office of translation with the bilingual province of the Jesuits in Canada.
Originally from Toronto, Fr. Altilia came to our province with a long history of spiritual wisdom and academic excellence.
He entered the Society of Jesus in 1964, was ordained to the priesthood in 1974, and pronounced his final vows as a Jesuit in 1979. He is also gifted academically, having earned a BA in romance languages and linguistics, a master of divinity, and both a bachelor and a master of education.
Over the last five years, Fr. Altilia led St. Paul’s High School during a period of immense change as it transitioned from Jesuit to lay leadership. This included the spiritual formation and development of its board of directors, who now carry on a 450-year tradition of education established by the Society of Jesus.
Throughout his time as president, Fr. Altilia has strengthened the core values and intellectual discipline that make St. Paul’s High School one of Manitoba’s finest educational institutions.
It was with all this in mind that I was honoured to welcome Fr. Altilia to the Manitoba legislature in June to celebrate his accomplishments with a private member’s statement in the House. I’m proud to say that this statement, attended by virtually all Members of Legislative Assembly, was met with a standing ovation.
As many of you know, the central objective of an education at St. Paul’s High School is to turn our young boys into "men for others."
That means men that give back to their communities, who take care of their families, and love their neighbour as themselves.
My son Tommy begins his own journey as a student at St. Paul’s High School this September, and Fr. Altilia and I had a chance to talk about his future with the school.
I am hopeful that Tommy will take the values of love, faith, justice and intellectual growth to heart as he grows into the man for others he is destined to be. I know that many parents reading this column with boys at St. Paul’s have the same hope.
Fr. Altilia helped nurture many "men for others" over the last five years, and for that we are all very grateful.
I wish him all the best in his new role. I know that he will continue his incredible career providing Canadian youth with the academic and spiritual formation they need to become true leaders in their communities.