Holy Redeemer Students Observe Pope Francis’ Visit
‘WALK WITH FRANCIS’ PLEDGE-Students at Holy Redeemer High School participated in a number of activities to commemorate the visit of Pope Francis to the U. S., including signing the “Walk With Francis” pledge. Shown signing the pledge, seated from left: Christian Holmes, Dylan Swithers, Sarah Thomas, Mountaintop. Back: Nicholas Skrzysowski, Father Joseph Elston, dean of students/chaplain; Marley Mullery, Ivy Appleyard, Mountaintop.

Holy Redeemer High School participated in a number of activities to commemorate the visit of Pope Francis to the U. S., including signing the “Walk With Francis” pledge, wearing pins, holding a special Mass, daily focused prayer, and traveling to take part in observances.

All students were given a commemorative pin depicting the Pope’s visit to Philadelphia prior to a Mass held at the school which was worn during the week leading up to his arrival. They also signed a pledge to “Walk With Francis” by promising to follow his example of faith and service and to advance his mission and ministry in the next year. Pledges include serving the community, acting to promote his values, and praying for him and others as they learn about his message. A number of students also traveled with family or parishes to be part of Pope Francis’ activities in the U. S.

As a Catholic high school, Holy Redeemer strives to make his mission and message part of daily school life, especially his view of faith and service: “An authentic faith … always involves a deep desire to change the world, to transmit values, to leave this earth somehow better than we found it.”