Our chaplain, Fr. Michael J.R. Kelly, led a group of Paul VI students, teachers and parents in October on a pilgrimage to Rome for the beatification of Pope Paul VI. Father Kelly and some of the students on the trip shared their experiences with The Arlington Catholic Herald.
My first trip to Rome happened in the spring of my sophomore year of college. I was struck with awe for the church. John Paul II was pope, and seeing him drew me even deeper into my faith. I had experienced the charism of the Holy Father, and seeing John Paul in St. Peter’s will be with me for the rest of my life. He seemed kind, prayerful and heroic. What a pope. As I prayed that my students at Paul VI Catholic High School in Fairfax would have a deeper sense of the faith, God inspired me to take them on pilgrimage to Rome. —Father Kelly
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