This week we were pleased to welcome the Rt. Reverend Kevin Brown, our "brand new" Bishop, to St. Anne's. Bishop Brown was elected Bishop of Delaware here at St. Anne's last summer and is an ex officio member of the Board of Trustees. He was elected by diocesan delegates in our gym last summer and has visited the school on several occasions, however, this was his first official visit as he led us in a celebration of the Feast of the Resurrection (Easter).
"Bishop Kevin" started by asking our students what they think a bishop does. "You go around and teach people about God," a second grader replied. We decided that this was a pretty good answer, and the Bishop proceeded to do just that in a wonderful homily about holidays, a term that derives from "Holy Days."
After describing a bit more about what a bishop does and the meaning of his crozier (or "big stick") the Bishop asked us to think about holidays. He informed us that although April 5th has apparently been named National Burrito Day, this wasn't the reason we had gathered to celebrate that day. Which is the holiday when most people think to say "I love you" to the people in their lives? Most students agreed this was Valentine's Day. Bishop Kevin suggested that the biggest holiday with a message of "I love you" is Easter. Jesus' resurrection is God's message of love for all of us.
Bishop Brown shared these reflections after his visit: "I had a fabulous time at St Anne's; I was struck again by the energy and enthusiasm of the students and staff, and I admire their clear commitment to including spiritual growth as a central part of learning."
We hope to see you at next week's chapel! On April 12th four of the 8th graders on Chapel Council have taken a significant leadership role in planning the service for 2nd - 8th grade students at 9:45 a.m. Preschool - 1st Grade Chapel will be held at 8:15.
All are welcome to attend our chapel services.