Tuesday, July 23, 2024

During Visit to Lancaster Catholic, Bishop Advises Students to Treasure their High School as a Place to Discern

The Lancaster Catholic High School community welcomed Bishop Timothy Senior for his inaugural visit on Monday, November 6, during which he encouraged students to treasure their school and their high school experience as a time of growing closer to Christ.

“Developing your relationship with God is the primary purpose for Lancaster Catholic’s existence. It exists to give you the opportunity to develop in many ways,” he told the student body, a sea of purple and gold across the school’s gymnasium. “You come to this school to grow intellectually and to experience human growth in athletics and the arts. But ultimately, all those things direct us to the most important relationship that we all have in our lives, our relationship with God.

Bishop Senior shared this message in his homily during the celebration of Mass for the school community. Several priests of the Lancaster area concelebrated the Mass – Father Stephen Logue, chaplain at Lancaster Catholic; Father Anthony Morelli, pastor of St. Anthony of Padua Parish in Lancaster; Father Brian Olkowski, pastor of Assumption BVM Parish in Lancaster; Father Daniel Powell, pastor of St. John Neumann Parish in Lancaster; Father Michael Metzgar, pastor of Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish in Lancaster; and Father Peter Hahn, pastor of St. Leo the Great Parish in Rohrerstown.

Bishop Senior encouraged the students to allow Lancaster Catholic to be a place where they listen for God’s call. “Always keep in mind what you need to be thinking about every day: ‘Where am I in my relationship with God, and what does God have to say to me today? How is He inviting me to grow closer to Him? He has a particular message for each of us, something He wants us to hear, and that will be different for every person.”

The bishop spoke of God’s never-ending generosity, even in times when we disappoint Him. He encouraged the students to think of ways in which they can be generous to one another, even without being paid in return.

“How can you be generous and not expect repayment? Think about this in the day to day and what it looks like in your life,” the bishop said, calling them to consider how they might be generous in the future, as spouses, parents, religious sisters and priests.

“Lancaster Catholic is the place where a lot of thoughts about your future are going to be spinning around…. Treasure your school, treasure this time, and be open to what God is calling you to do,” he said.

Following the Mass, Bishop Senior took a tour of the school, seeing the areas under construction for a new auditorium and cafeteria as part of Lancaster Catholic’s capital campaign. He also met with administrators, including President Tim Hamer and Principal Terry Klugh, who will be retiring at the end of this school year.

The bishop’s visit to Lancaster Catholic is part of a schedule of visits to all six of the Diocese’s high schools now through January, where he’s celebrating Mass for the school community, touring the facilities and meeting with students, faculty and administrators.

(Photos by Jen Reed, The Catholic Witness.)

By Jen Reed, The Catholic Witness

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