Students Find Inspiration in Washington, D.C. Catholic Landmarks
Posted on 03/07/2024
In a journey of faith and cultural exploration, a group of St. Thomas Aquinas High School students along with Campus Minister Mike Lewon and Director of Catholic Identity Fr. Mike Tabernero recently made a pilgrimage to Washington, D.C., visiting the St. John Paul II National Shrine and the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.

At the St. John Paul II National Shrine, students immersed themselves in the life, papacy, and enduring legacy of the world-changing saint. The pilgrimage, motivated by the Theology of the Body curriculum, which has been a focal point in Theology classes at STA, aimed to deepen students' understanding of St. John Paul II’s profound teachings.

The day continued with a captivating tour of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. The diverse chapels within the Basilica vividly depict the universality and multiculturalism of the Catholic Church, both in America and across the globe. After the guided tour, students had the opportunity for personal exploration, allowing moments of prayer and reflection on the impactful experiences of the day.

Reflecting on the pilgrimage, senior Jacinta Garcia expressed, "The trip was a unique and memorable experience that I was so happy to have been a part of. This trip allowed for Campus Ministry members to grow closer together and connect more deeply with the roots of our Catholic community. I am so grateful that I was given this chance to learn more about Saint John Paul II, get a first-hand look at the history of our faith at the Basilica of the National Shrine, and take a day off from school to focus on the beauty of our Catholic faith."

The pilgrimage served not only as an educational venture but also provided a transformative and spiritually enriching experience for the students, reinforcing the profound impact of St. John Paul II's teachings and the role of the Catholic Church in America and throughout the world.