|Bishop Malooly recieves gifts from Woodmont students. Father Steven Reilly, L.C. and Brother Ugo Piasentin, L.C. help to present the gift.|
COOKSVILLE, MD, MAY 14, 2007. Auxiliary Bishop of Baltimore the
Most Reverend Monsignor W. Francis Malooly made his first visit
to Woodmont Academy’s campus and celebrated Mass for the students
on Thursday, March 22. Students honored the Bishop by raising
$1,000 to donate to of one his favorite causes, the
Our Daily Bread soup kitchen in Baltimore.
The Bishop greeted students,
teachers, and parents, recalling many by name whom he had
met while administering the sacrament of confirmation at local parishes.
During Mass, he interacted with the assembly and delivered a
homily about the importance of service, spiritual growth, and sharing
our faith with others. Following Mass, Woodmont preschoolers presented the
Bishop with a “spiritual bouquet”; dozens of colorful, handmade paper
flowers on which were written prayers to be offered up
for him. Eighth grader Kristen Steranka then presented Bishop Malooly
with the donation. Students raised over $2,000 during their annual
Enterprising and Charitable Kids Day event by selling homemade goods,
crafts and setting up pay-to-play games. Half of their proceeds
went to Our Daily Bread and the other $1,000 was
donated to Johns Hopkins Children’s Center in honor of Kelli
Carter, a Woodmont student who died of cancer last year.
For the Bishop’s departure, over 300 students lined the sidewalk
and driveway with signs of thanks and well wishes. Mrs.
Rossiter’s kindergarteners held individual letters which spelled out “G-O-D B-L-E-S-S
B-I-S-H-O-P M-A-L-O-O-L-Y”. Despite his busy schedule, the Bishop took the
time to stop and shake hands with each student and
to warmly acknowledge them before leaving for his next commitment.
“It is inspiring that he takes such a personalized approach
to delivering Christ’s message of love,” noted Woodmont parent Kathy
Gorman, adding that “it mirrors the same philosophy that Woodmont
teachers apply every day.” Principal, John Farrell enthused, “The presence
of the bishop at Woodmont Academy is a wonderful event.
To meet him and witness his kindness and authenticity is
truly a great opportunity for our students.”
|Bishop Malooly greets students accompanied by Brother Ugo Piasentin, L.C., Brother John Pietrapaoli, L.C., Father Steven Reilly, L.C., and Executive Director of Woodmont Academy, Scott Brown.|