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ELEVEN MEMBERS OF ROSARIAN ACADEMY COMMUNITY JOURNEY TO HEAR POPE SPEAK TO CONGRESS: ONCE-IN-A-LIFETIME OPPORTUNITY
Six Rosarian Academy eighth graders and four chaperones were fortunate to be a part of history when they travelled to Washington, D.C. to see Pope Francis on September 24, 2015, during his six-day U.S. visit.
Thanks to West Palm Beach U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel, (D-Fla.), the school received eleven tickets to view the Pope’s widely-anticipated Congressional speech on two jumbotron screens from the Capitol’s West Front, the site of presidential inaugurations. Those attending were: Hailey Albergo, Charlotte Breckenridge, Peter Fields, Robert Fox, Li Groth, and Mariana Perez-Vargas, as well as chaperones Steve Rubenacker, Head of School, Sr. Donna Baker, Middle School Director and eighth grade religion teacher, Francesca Coniglio Finck, Middle School religion teacher and Spiritual Life Coordinator, Silvia Pariseleti, Spanish teacher, and Michael Groth, parent.
“We were honored that Rep. Frankel thought of Rosarian Academy,” commented Head of School Steve Rubenacker. “Our students were elated to have had the opportunity to connect their faith and their religion classes at Rosarian with such a landmark visit by Pope Francis.”
The selection of the six students who saw the Pope was based on their answers to an eighth-grade religion homework assignment which posed the question, “If you had the opportunity to meet with Pope Francis next week in D.C., what would you want to discuss with him and why?”