2004 to the Present
After almost forty-two years of service at Maryville Academy, in January 2004, the title of Past President was bestowed upon Fr. Smyth. He continues his pastoral duties with the community of Maryville-Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine.
Fr. Smyth gives of his time, energy, enthusiasm, leadership and love to the service of the children and their families and caretakers throughout the State of Illinois. Consistent with a quote that has been paraphrased and associated with him – “No person stands so tall as the one who stoops to help a child” – in July 2005 Fr. Smyth established the Standing Tall Charitable Foundation. He embarked upon this course because of his belief that education is the key factor in breaking the cycle of poverty, abuse, and neglect.
In March of 2007, Fr. Smyth was appointed President of Notre Dame College Prep in Niles, Illinois. His goal is to guide the student body by enlightening their minds and enhancing their spirits so when they walk out the doors into the world, they will possess the qualities for success with a full appreciation of not only what they have received and achieved at Notre Dame High School, but also what they may return to the community and society as a whole.
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