Fr. Dan Lydon, CSV, made good on his promise to be a visible presence at Saint Viator High School. On the first day of school, Fr. Lydon was out in front greeting students and posing for photos with its mascot, the lion.

Fr. Lydon was named the new president in January and he took over July 1. The new assignment returns him to his alma mater, where he graduated in 1973 and returned to teach and ultimately serve in its administration as assistant principal.

“Fr. Lydon’s experience in education, administration and his relationship as an alumnus of Saint Viator will prepare him to take on this important responsibility,” said Fr. Dan Hall, CSV, Provincial. “We are very pleased to welcome him home.”

In assuming his new role, Fr. Lydon says he wants to have a visible presence throughout the building, much like the Viatorians did when he was a student.

“I intend to have an open office,” Fr. Lydon says. “I want to get to know the students – and have them get to know me.”

Welcoming students on their first day was just the beginning, he says.

“I am humbled to be presented with this opportunity to lead a community that has meant so much to me throughout my life,” Fr. Lydon said. “I look forward to leading this outstanding institution as we prepare for the continued challenges in providing a community of faith formation and academic excellence.”