Faith-filled Experiences Abound during the Papal Visit

In preparation for the Pope, Carroll students wrote essays and shared the profound impact the Pope has on their lives. Oscar Barrera ’18 wrote, “Pope Francis cares about the poor, and he inspires Catholics to act on environmental concerns. I would like to greet Pope Francis because he is determined to eliminate the scourge of prejudice in our society…”

Led by the Archdiocese of Washington, students pledged to ‘Walk with Francis’, joining many other schools, churches and organizations, in welcoming Pope Francis by committing to follow his example of faith and service.

Carroll students and faculty celebrated a Pope who reminds us to live a life filled with love and compassion and to reach out to the most vulnerable among us. Here are some highlights from the week:

* A few days before the Papal visit, Patricia Gomez '16 had the pleasure of helping Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton draw tickets for guests to watch Pope Francis' address to Congress.

* A group of our students, along with faculty members Fr. George and Deacon Lee, were among the many faithful supporters who greeted Pope Francis upon his arrival at the Joint Base Andrews military facility.

* Students and faculty participated in a school-wide Day of Service, volunteering at local non-profit organizations including Thrive DC, Bread for the City, DC Central Kitchen, So Others Might Eat, A Wider Circle, and We Are Family.

* Faculty members Ms. Gilmore and Ms. Riddick took a group of students to the White House to hear remarks from Pope Francis and President Obama.

* During the Papal Mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Jacob McLaughlin ’16 served as one of the gift bearers. He stood within feet of and was blessed by the Holy Father. Jacob was selected because he embodies the spirit of Carroll, living out the school’s virtues of faith, temperance and charity.

* Samuel Merga ’17 and Carroll President Beth Blaufuss attended the Pope’s address to the joint session of Congress, thanks to a special invitation from Congressman John Boehner. Meanwhile students at Carroll participated in a fun learning activity of Papal BINGO while watching a live video stream of the Pope’s address.

Seeing the Holy Father and hearing His message of unity and love was a spiritually-defining moment for many in the Carroll community – one that will remain with us as we strive to live out his message daily.

Click here to view a photo gallery of images of Carroll students participating in the Papal visit.