|Maryland Lt. Governor Michael S. Steele visits with the saints at Woodmont Academy. Five pupils represent St. Isaac Jogues, St. Francis, St. Faustina, Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta and St. Bernadette.|
Cooksville, MD, November 8, 2006. – Maryland Lt. Governor Michael
S. Steele visited Woodmont Academy on Tuesday, November 1st for
the school’s 11th annual All Saints Day Mass and celebration.
the Mass, celebrated by school chaplain Father Steven Reilly, LC,
Executive Director Scott F. Brown formally welcomed Mr. Steele to
the school, introducing him as a man who personifies leadership
principles that are an essential part of Woodmont Academy’s mission
to transform society by forming tomorrow’s leaders.
Speaking to the student
body, staff and parents, Lt. Governor Steele told the students
they are like the saints because they are blessings from
God, and reminding them that they are called to be
saintly everyday not just on All Saints Day. “You have
a saintly mission to reach out to others and to
perform good deeds,” he said.
The energetic Lt. Governor took time
to meet parents at a reception after Mass. He also
visited Mr. Mark Moran’s 6th grade class to listen to
Christopher B. Folgueras share the story of St. Pio of
Pietrelcina with his classmates and their families.
Recognized as a holy
day of obligation for Roman Catholics, All Saints Day commemorates
the lives of the all the souls who share God’s
glory in heaven, including those who are not formally canonized
and universally known such as St. Patrick, St. Nicholas, and
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, or more recent holy men and
women such as the late Pope John Paul II and
Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta. As part of the celebration
at Woodmont, students research the life of a saint of
the Church, dress up like him or her and then
present a brief biographical sketch to parents and classmates.