By Sue Brown, Director of Marketing and Community Relations
Visitation Academy has embraced the spirit of devotion to Saint Louis IX, patron of our Archdiocese, as well as our city, while having fun chasing “Flat Louie” around the Lower School.
Every morning, students and teachers begin their day with the prayer to Saint Louis (below) found on the prayer cards they, and all Catholic schools and PSR’s across the Archdiocese received last month. Staff also use the prayer to open and close their meetings.
Viz faculty report that resources provided on the Catholic Education Center’s web page, http://archstl.org/education/page/devotion-saint-louis, have provided good talking points for teaching about Saint Louis.
Viz Lower School Principal Mrs. Margaret Karl said, “We especially have like using the Did you know? and Saint Louis Quotes pages.”
Viz sixth graders (the oldest students in the Lower School) demonstrated their technology skills by sponsoring a scavenger hunt and contest and producing a video about their work.
All Catholic schools and Parish Schools of Religion have been invited to join in this program, demonstrating their Catholic identity and creativity as they join in the celebration of STL250 (the 250th Anniversary of the City of St. Louis).
However, their devotion to Saint Louis will continue and grow. "He is a most appropirate role model for our students," said Mr. George Henry, Superintendent of Catholic Education. "It is my sincere hope that all schools will make his life of service and care for the poor an example for their own lives."
Children's Prayer to Saint Louis
Saint Louis, patron of our city, and of our Archdiocese,
please bless us, the children who look to you for guidance.
Help us be kind to each other and to the poor as you were.
Give us courage to choose well, and strength to do great things, as you did--
a young boy who became a great king!
Help us to become saints like you, so that we can be with you and Jesus in heaven someday.
Saint Louis, pray for us!