Thursday, October 29, 2009

Photos from the Blessing of the New St. Francis Xavier High School

Yesterday, I attended the blessing of St. Francis Xavier Catholic High School in Riverside South.

Father Daniel Hawkins, M.S.F., Pastor of St. Leonard's, Manotick and Episcopal Vicar Father Joseph Muldoon were in attendance, as were numerous Ottawa Catholic School Board officials.

Political leaders from federal, provincial and muncipal levels of government, as well as numerous students, parents and friends of the school with those involved in the $42M school's land purchase and construction.

Sister Shelly Lawrence, R.S.C.J., chaplaincy team leader and a long time acquaintance from my days teaching at Atlantic School of Theology (in Halifax she was in my New Testament courses as a novice sister) prepared the brief but meaningful blessing ceremony.

During my remarks, bringing greetings from the Archdiocese of Ottawa, I was delighted as a Jesuit to fill in some details of Xavier's life and character and how they continue to speak to students today.

Herewith, some photos before and after the ceremonies in the gymnasium; the school photography team promises some photos of the speeches, prayers, blessings, etc.

1 comment:

  1. What's with the slogan on the school's sheild? I'm guessing somewhere St Francis said this, or perhaps because of his vast missionary travels, but seriously, I can't help see the irony since 'Catholic' schools have all but lost any heavenly vision or purpose.