Tuesday, July 23, 2024

Bishop Senior Blesses New Rosary Walk at York Catholic

York Catholic High School marks nearly a century since its founding, its humble beginnings as St. Mary’s High School in the late 1920s stand in stark contrast to the vibrant, ever-growing 33-acre campus that now graces the southside of York City.

On October 19, Bishop Timothy Senior paid his first visit to the school to celebrate Holy Mass and to bless the beautiful new Rosary walk, which joins the middle school with the high school and seems to be the perfect atmosphere to reflect and pray.

The school’s motto is “Maria Impende Juvamen – O Mary, bestow your aid” – this new Rosary walk serves as a visible testament to its devotion to the Blessed Mother over the past century.

“I cannot remember a better day at York Catholic,” Katie Seufert, principal, told those gathered after the blessing. “I have been a part of York Catholic over a third of my life now, and this is the best day I can think of in the history of the school.”

In his homily, Bishop Senior spoke to the importance of the Rosary. “I pray the Rosary every day,” he told the students, faculty and benefactors of the school. “It is a very important part of my life. Mary helps me know her son, Jesus. It is a very simple prayer, yet it is very profound as well.”

Bishop Senior encouraged the school’s community to use the new Rosary walk as a means to reflect on God’s will in their lives. “Jesus delights in you, loves you. Mary too wants us to know that she delights in us, even when we think we are not worthy of that delight. She wants us to know how much we are loved…. The will of God is not always clear to us, that is why we must spend time in prayer, but He does have a will for you. Finding what God’s plan is for you is the most important part of your life. And Mary will help show what that plan is.”

York Catholic has raised some $12 million through its two phases of a capital campaign which has enabled the school to refurbish 40 classrooms, install air conditioning facility-wide and improve the school’s media center and athletic facilities. That generous support by donors and benefactors is what too helped transform the school’s entrance into a very welcoming, peaceful walkway. The new Rosary Walk is comprised of engraved stones to represent the beads of the Rosary. A statue of Mary is at the center of the point adorned by shrubbery, flowers and trees, giving it a feel of life abundant. A wooden crucifix and a brick mural that once stood on the edge of the campus now helps also to enhance the welcoming atmosphere that is visibly evident at York Catholic – a school whose humbles roots a century ago are producing great growth in southern York City.

(Photos by Chris Heisey, The Catholic Witness.)

By Chris Heisey, The Catholic Witness

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