Having taught Theology (mostly social justice classes) for the past 37 years at CBC, Mr. Joel Delpha plans to retire at the end of May.
“Teaching – the direct contact with young men learning how to think – has been a joy and a challenge,” he said.
“What I love most about teaching is the playful interaction I can have with my students. They can bring smile to my face even on the gloomiest of days. I also love the fact that I have had the chance to do something significant, to help students grow and mature, and maybe think about some things in a different way than they have before.”
Louis Torres who just graduated had Mr. Delpha for Catholic Social Teaching. He told of how Mr. Delpha ran his class. “He always said “Namaste,” which, if I remember correctly, meant that you respond and acknowledge that person and show them respect.”
It seems that Mr. Delpha will miss some aspects of the teaching role.
“I will miss the kids of course and the many friends I have made here over the years. I will miss the many laughs we have had at the faculty table during the second lunch period. I will miss coaching and the special relationships I have had with the players.”
Mr. Delpha had trouble singling out a single memory as the best. “It is hard to single out one. My undefeated sophomore football team would be one. Beating SLUH and DeSmet (twice) on the last play of the game would be another. There are just so many great people I have been associated with around here. I feel very blessed.”
Teaching with him has been a blessing too. “He never misses remembering the faculty birthdays – and their spouses too. He sends a card to them all,” counselor, Mr. Jim Mueller said.
“He taught social justice and he lived the example for all to see. He lived in the city. He served meals at Karen House. He gently and consistently talked the talk. He walked the walk. He is a man of true integrity,” Mr. Mueller, a colleague for 32 years, said.
“When you teach, it’s hard to really know what you’ve accomplished always. I hope that I have had a positive influence on my boys over all these years. I hope that I have strengthened their faith and imbued them with a sense of justice and commitment to make this world a better place,” Mr. Delpha said.
I have no retirement plans other than to break my alarm clock,” he joked.