Having only heard from I've only heard from one person anonymously that didn't like the change at prom this year, I thought I'd share the positive comments I've received as well:
"Father Hollowell, I've been meaning to thank you for what you did
for our Prom this year. I have never liked dances these days because of
the "grinding" and "twerking" , and people look down upon you if you
aren't doing it. It is basically a peer-pressure thing and I absolutely
hate it. For once I actually had a good time at a dance knowing I wasn't
going to get pressured into something I didn't want to do all thanks to
"I am among the many who applaud what you have done here at Ritter’s
prom, even though I did not attend. Grinding is something that makes me
extremely uncomfortable when watching, and I tried it once at a dance
and it was terrifying. I do not agree with my peers who say, “ We need
to experience, to make mistakes.” I have made mistakes, yes, but they
weren’t necessary to my learning, in the least. My hope is that everyone
can learn to have a little faith, and a little trust."
"Hi Father Hollowell! I just wanted to thank you for the new dancing
policy at the Ritter Prom. I know a lot of students are against it,
but I've spoken with many who support you. The world could use more
priests like you. Thank you for continuing to fight for human self
respect and dignity!"
"It was actually more fun."
"Father, I have to be honest, I thought this was going to be lame, but it was actually way better than last year."
"Can you come to Roncalli?"
"It was wayyyyy more enjoyable!"
"Thanks, I just want you to know we don't all like dancing like that. It's actually kind of hard to dance when someone next to you is basically having sex."
"Thanks, Father, I think it was always one of those peer pressure things, and we just needed someone to tell us to stop."