Trinity High School received a special visitor on Sunday, August 11, as Bishop Mark Spalding was on campus to bless the newly installed Mary statue.
Trinity faculty member Mike Magre opened the proceedings with a few remarks including the background of how and why the Marian statue came to rest in Mary’s Courtyard. Mr. Magre reminded us that, “Sometimes you just have to listen to your mother.”
Bishop Spalding then blessed the statue and those in attendance, before explaining what this Marian imagery represents.
“This statue means that everything we do, everything we are, everything we say is done in Christ. Look to Mary and she’ll always point the way to Christ.”
“This statue means that everything we do, everything we are, everything we say is done in Christ. Look to Mary and she’ll always point the way to Christ.” – Bishop Mark SpaldingThanks to all involved with today’s dedication of our Blessed Mary statue! Mary will be watching over all of our students, families, faculty, and staff as we begin our new school year this week.
Posted by Trinity High School on Sunday, August 11, 2019
The story behind the new Mary statue starts with the first meeting of the Sts. Peter and Paul Society. Trinity’s Sts. Peter and Paul Society is a student-led organization on campus that strives to increase opportunities for participation in Catholic Life for the Trinity community. Sts. Peter and Paul strives to make the experience of knowing Christ Jesus through participation in Catholic Life its hallmark by encouraging community members’ engagement.
As a student-driven organization, students are encouraged to set the goals for and implementation of the projects that the club undertakes. Part of these goals was the installation of the new Mary statue on campus. According to one of the club moderators, Mr. Bernie Schum, the discussion started with the renovation of Alumni Plaza.
While Alumni Plaza was being renovated, the Mary statue that faced the Priest’s House was removed due to construction. In the very first meeting of the Sts. Peter and Paul Society, the conversation was had about adding Marian imagery on campus. At the same time that Alex Cox ’19 emailed Dr. Rob Mullen about a Mary statue, Dr. Mullen told him that a plan was in place to put one in a prominent spot on campus. This was a funny moment because great minds seemed to think alike! St. Peter and Paul Society then became part of the drive to have a Marian statue in a place of honor on campus.
The Sts. Peter and Paul Society and the new Marian imagery on campus are part of Trinity’s commitment to forming men of faith and character, in a community of faith and character.