Archbishop of the Lloydminster Catholic School Division took a visit around various schools in the district.
On Monday, Archbishop Richard Smith visited schools including Holy Rosary, St. Joseph’s, Mother Teresa and Ecole St. Thomas to get a hands-on experience with the kids. Director of Education Nigel McCarthy says the visit says a lot about how much he cares about schools in his supervision.
“It’s good because it allows us to check our vision and it allows us to understand one of our purposes, which is certainly around faith as well as the education of children and making sure we build up our kids.”
Archbishop Smith has over 200 schools in Alberta that report to him on the progress of faith in their schools. Their role is to visit schools and celebrate with them in their successes. Archbishop Smith says in order to be in his position it’s by appointment.
“As openings for a bishop become clear then a whole process is initiated in any specific country coordinated by the popes representative in that country called nuncio, effectively it’s his ambassador and the nuncio will gather consultations from priests and other bishops who seem to have the gifts that could fulfil this role as bishop.”
Smith spent time with French immersion kids at Ecole St. Thomas playing outdoor activities, as well as visited St. Mary’s kindergarten plus classroom where the class played with technology. McCarthy says he hopes the teachers and students understand that archbishops or a priest are accessible and want to talk to everyone.
“The most important thing he said was that he appreciates teacher in the modern world and he appreciated how teachers have challenges today that are different hen they were when we were young or when he went to school, but that he appreciates what people do every day for our children.”