About Mr. Hoffhines

Dean Hoffhines taught at St. Elizabeth's since 1994 - 2000 and returned to the school in 2005.  He currently teaches 8th grade Algebra I, 7th grade Pre-Algebra and 6th grade World History. Mr. Hoffhines is a graduate of Putnam City High School and the University of Central Oklahoma.  He holds a BS degree in Mathematics and Science Education.  Mr. Hoffhines is a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church where he is active in the Perpetual Adoration Program. He regularly attends morning Mass on non-school days. Mr. Hoffhines lives in Edmond with his wife Theresa and has two grown children, Zach and Anna. His wife is known to most of our middle school students as Miss Theresa, who was the first grade teacher's aide for Mrs. Kennedy at SEAS. She is now the full-time daycare for our grandson David who will celebrate his first birthday later this month, so needless to say it was a great summer for the both of us. Mr. Hoffhines is a St. Louis Cardinals baseball fan, likes playing the video game series The Legend of Zelda, and enjoys playing a variety of games with family and friends.

Mr. Hoffhines' Prayer during Ordinary Time for All Classes

One of the main objectives I have for all students in any of my classes is to spend time at the first of each class period during Ordinary Time building their relationship with God by taking a moment for prayer and meditation. We do this with the Will of God Prayer. A copy of the prayer is posted in the article after this one. After the prayer is finished, the students spend one minute in quiet prayer or meditation with God.

One of the purposes of the meditation is to spend a minute in complete silence and to enjoy the peace of just being still. The main purpose is to guide students to listen for God's voice, to establish a connection with Him, and just take time to dialog with Him . From there they can hear more clearly what God has to say to them and discover His will for them this day.

In the midst of the busyness and noise that is ever present in the lives of all children in our society, this could be the most valuable minute of their day. The Church must also think that that prayer, quiet, and meditation is important as well, since they require all their ordained clergy and most religious communities to participate in a lengthier, but similar exercise known as the Liturgy of the Hours. 

Who knows? This might be good for all of us. At least it is something to think about the next time we find ourselves overwhelmed by the circumstances and the events of this busy world about us.

 

The Will of God Prayer

The Will of God Prayer

Lord Jesus Christ, you are our Savior and the Savior of the whole world.

We invite you to be with us now and for the remainder of this day.

Send to us your most Holy Spirit to protect us from all evil and to open our eyes and hearts to your loving presence.

We come to you now in silence, seeking to know the will of our Father in heaven, for this day.

Speak to us, O Lord our God, for we your children are listening.

(One minute of silent meditation)