Interview with Don Andrea

What better way to inaugurate our new blog “Rotondi News” than an interview with Don Andrea, the head of our school. We had an informal meeting with him in his office and asked him some questions about his life, experiences and ideas.

How long have you been part of the Catholic Church? When did you decide you wanted to be a priest?
I have been a priest for many years. When I was a young boy, I thought about becoming a priest … I felt the first inklings of a vocational calling and during my high school career, the idea took a hold of me and so I pursued a career in the priesthood. Three years ago I joined the San Carlo School in Milan where I was appointed the Deputy Dean.

What inspired you to become a priest?
Well, I grew up in the church and I spent a lot of my time at the oratory in my village. The priest who at that time was there really inspired me and he helped me to take more ownership of my faith. His strong faith was an inspiration to me.

What are the most difficult and rewarding aspects of your job?
Honestly, I wouldn’t describe it as a job. It’s not a job; it’s a mission and being the head of a school is simply a choice. I don’t find any difficulty in my mission. The ability to help people, to accompany my students on their journey of their faith and everything that entails – joy, sorrow, pain, happiness - … these are the rewarding aspects.

What were your first impressions of our school?
I had lots of positive impressions! Our school combines traditions and innovations! And I was extremely honoured that the Bishop had chosen me as head of this school.

Do you find any problems working here at Collegio Rotondi? If so, what are they?
I don’t find any particular problems.  However, I think there could be some difficulties regarding the common childhood and teenage issues that are pretty normal in every school. 

You have been on lots of day trips with us. Which one was your favourite? Why?
Our trip to Sicily was my favourite. Besides being my first trip with you, it is also an opportunity for students to improve the study of languages. And there’s another trip I did appreciate … Rome! We met the Pope and we visited many of the breathtaking and unique monuments of the eternal city.

What expectations do you have for the future of our school?
I do hope that our school will soon be an international and multicultural school where students can feel at home.

Do you have any new ideas for our school?
Of course! I have lots and lots of ideas for our school! I would like my students to consider this school as a meeting point to share ideas and experiences. A place where they have the chance to do sports … a place where students’ self-expression through art or music is encouraged.

If you could give one piece of advice to your students, what would it be?
I suggest that they should study with passion and devotion. School years don’t have to be seen as a studying period only. Students should have a positive approach to studying and consider this “activity” as a guarantee for their future.


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