5/8/2012 12:35:00 PM Spiritual development a key part of education
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Eighth graders from Archbishop Howard School at St. Rose present living Stations of the Cross.
Following an annual tradition led by their teacher Barb Fisher, the graduating class of 2012 at Archbishop Howard School at St. Rose in Northeast Portland presented a solemn prayer of the living Stations of the Cross during Holy Week. The students reflected on the journey of Jesus through his passion and death, writing their own prayers to share with the community.
The aim at the school is that each graduate grow to become a spiritual person who loves God, prays daily, knows the Catholic faith, participates in liturgies, and learns to make choices consistent with the teachings of Christ.
A number of eighth graders began their journey in Catholic education at Archbishop Howard with pre-kindergarten. They became acquainted with daily prayers and attending school Masses with the older students, who help direct the younger students by modeling positive behaviors and choices. They became active participants in school liturgies and prayer services.
The graduating class has also had the opportunity to participate in other prayer experiences, such as attending benediction and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and participating in the sacrament of reconciliation during Advent and Lent.
Eighth graders have served as liturgical readers, altar servers for both school and parish Masses, gift bearers and choir participants. They have participated in daily prayer experiences, modeled positive Christian choices, participated in Roman Catholic Challenges at the Archdiocesan level and within their own religion curriculum, and completed many hours of service, participating in both school sponsored projects and individual projects. All of the experiences, school officials say, help strengthen students' commitment to their faith.
Here are the graduates: Roselyn Adkisson, Maximillian Altenhofen, Matthew Bennett, Jonas Bowman, Olivia Bruno, Paloma Bynum, Kevin Cao-Minh, Anthony Cioeta, Bethany Coleman, Laura Czuba, Madeline Do, Madeleine Farmer, Molly Fisher, Sophina Flores, Rose Harman, Cameron Herriges, Ahsley Kim, Conrad Lamb, Mardee Larison, Conlan McMullen, Gabriela Navarro, Hoa Nguyen, Vivian Nguyen, Nicole Panowicz, Joseph Rink, Josephine Ruff, Regina Warila, Perri White, Reed Wiesneski, Gillian Williams