A River Runs Through It.

Or in this case a Road. That’s right break out you’re Joni Mitchel and weep. They are going to “pave paradise” and put up a road.  The local French Authorities have decided that it would be a good idea to seize a large section of the International College’s property and run a road through it. This would destroy the student’s gym, the access to the pond (complete with grazing cows), the beautiful grounds, and our lovely Saint Joseph’s chapel. Not to mention that it will be within yards of our little cottage.

Why would the “Marie” (the Mayor) think this was at all necessary? I haven’t a clue. You can drive through the town of Chavanges in thirty seconds flat, ten seconds if you are French, and there is never any traffic. The school has officially filed an appeal at the first road hearing, October 8th. Let’s hope we can stop this travesty before it takes root! Keep us in your thoughts and prayers please! Here are a few random photos of what we stand to lose. 

About thechavagnesexperience

Philip Gonzales, BA, MA, Mphil is a full time teacher at Chavagnes International College and that includes all the tasks involved in living at a boarding school: being on rotation for early morning wake-ups, nighttime dorm duties, supervising study halls, participating in daily communal meals, and the like. He teaches philosophy, classical civilization, religion and boxing mostly to the senior students in the upper school. He has earned a four year baccalaureate degree in Philosophy from Ave Maria University, an advanced Masters degree as well as an MPhil degree from the Institute of Philosophy at the Katholieke Universiteit of Leuven in Belgium and is now actively pursuing his doctorate. His travels in pursuit of his PhD have taken him to Poland to the University of Warclow and to the University of Maynooth in Ireland. Throughout his academic career he has been award an Academic Merit Scholarship at Ave Maria University, the Roby Scholarship from Thomas More College of Liberal Arts to study for a semester in Rome, as well as another Academic Merit Scholarship from KU Leuven to complete his MPhil degree. He has taught at the American College of Louvain in Leuven Belgium. He also has membership as a Junior Member of the International Hermeneutics Society and is a member of the International Association for the Study of the Philosophy of Edith Stein. His PhD dissertation is concerned with the philosophy of Edith Stein and Eric Przywara and their reinterpretation of the analogy of being. Sarah Gonzales, BA MA is a part time English teacher at Chavagnes International College. She also contributes to the pastoral support of the College and her students. Having transferred from Thomas More College of Liberal Arts to Ave Maria University she earned a four year baccalaureate degree in Literature. Her thesis pertained to Virginia Woolf’s work and the language of images and time as presented in the form of the modern novel. She also received an advanced Master’s degree in European Studies from the Katholieke Universiteit of Leuven writing her thesis on the concept of the Nation and the Nation State with the specific case study of Northern Ireland. She has been awarded a Rotary Club Scholarship for her excellence in community service, as well as the Roby Scholarship awarded to aid her studies in Rome. Sarah also has experience teaching religious education as well as figure skating to students of varying ages. She currently enjoys living in France where she raises her children and is free to pursue a variety of interests at her leisure.
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2 Responses to A River Runs Through It.

  1. What you might lose is beauty itself. I pray you win the appeal.

    • thechavagnesexperience says:

      Thank you very much for the prayers! And you have said it very well, it would be such a shame to lose so much beauty!

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