The Mission of St. Joseph by the Sea High School is as follows:
"We are Catholic. The Gospel is the foundation and purpose of all that we do. Therefore, we seek to form young men and women in the image of Jesus Christ. This formation is the deliberate effort of administration, faculty, and parents. We strive to help students grow spiritually, academically, athletically, and socially. This will prepare them to take up their personal and social responsibility in the City of Man during their pilgrimage toward the City of God."
It is under these words that Saint Joseph by the Sea High School has operated for over five decades, educating the young men and women of New York in the Catholic faith, as well as fostering Christian morality. The signers of this petition assert that Fr. Michael Reilly has not affirmed, supported or furthered the chartered mission of the school and has in fact acted in opposition to these words.
Indeed, it has been common knowledge for at least a decade among students, parents, teachers and alumni of Sea that Fr. Reilly has used vulgar, discriminatory and unchristian language in scandalizing members of the faculty, staff and community on school property, during school hours and in front of students. This conduct is both unbecoming for an educator, as well as for a Catholic priest.
Fr. Reilly models and legitimates bigotry both with the priestly office he holds and with his position of administrative authority. His presence in the school in any capacity casts a shadow on the development of the moral character and spiritual growth of the students in Sea's charge. Thus, we implore the Archdiocese of New York to remove Fr. Michael Reilly from his position as Principal of St. Joseph by the Sea.