As part of Bishop Campbell’s visitation to St Clare’s, he visited our high school Corpus Christi, where Fr. Darren is priest Chaplain.
The Bishop was given a warm welcome at Corpus Christi High School, after a short visit to St Clare’s Primary School earlier in the day. The Bishop started his visit to the school by meeting Headteacher, Mr David Hubbard and following this visited our Chapel and enjoyed tea and biscuits with a group of pupils in the Chaplaincy.
The pupils who were in Year 7, 8 and 9 chatted with the Bishop and got to learn a little more about his background and how he came to become a Bishop. The group were fascinated to find out that after completing his studies for the priesthood in Rome, Bishop Michael became a Religious Studies teacher and taught in, Jos in Nigeria for four and a half years.
Many pupils were also impressed to hear that the Bishop has met Pope Benedict XVI, Pope Benedict was responsible for appointing the Bishop to Lancaster Diocese. Bishop Michael said that on one accession that he met Pope Benedict he enquired about Preston. Bishop Michael also said that he had briefly met Pope Francis.
After visiting the Chaplaincy, the Bishop was given a tour of the school by two Year 8 pupils, where he was impressed by pupils cooking samosas in Food Technology and loved the atmosphere and facilities in the library.
Year 8 pupil, Anto Vallooran was one of the pupils who gave the Bishop a tour around the school.
He said: “It was a great experience to be able to meet the Bishop in person and be able to ask him questions, it was an experience that not many people will be able to enjoy. I thought he was very interesting and it has been enjoyable having Bishop Michael in school today.”
Being a former teacher himself, part of the Bishop’s day included visiting two Religious Studies lessons to see what the pupils learn in class and to give them a chance to answer some of their questions.
Bishop Michael, then ate lunch in the schools restaurant ‘II Cenacolo’ along with the chaplain, local priests from our parishes and the pupils. In the afternoon, the Bishop held afternoon prayer for Year 7 in the hall, which was followed by an afternoon prayer for all staff.
Bishop Michael thoroughly enjoyed his visit to the school. He commented: “I’ve absolutely enjoyed being here today. There has been such a warmth and welcome from everybody and I can see that all the pupils are very content here.
“One of the things I enjoy most about my job is meeting people and in particular being back in the classroom, so it has been great to be so welcomed in lessons.”
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