Washington School for Girls Returns to In-Person Liturgy

October 25, 2021

Dr. Beth Reaves – Head of School, Washington School for Girls (WSG)

Washington School for Girls is a co-sponsored ministry of the Society of the Holy Child Jesus.

Washington School for Girls (WSG) has returned to five days of predominantly in-person classroom instruction. Having students back on campus has been an exciting time for our school as we reconnect with our community and welcome new family, friends, and supporters. The entire school community has made a collective effort to create a safe, yet familiar school environment.

We have had a great deal to celebrate, most notably our first all-school, in-person Eucharistic liturgy since returning from distance learning. Many of our incoming students had never experienced Mass. This was not only a wonderful way to introduce students to Mass but a way to immerse ourselves anew into a ritual so integral to our faith.

During this Eucharistic liturgy, Friday, August 20, 2021, we were honored to have welcomed His Eminence, Wilton Cardinal Gregory as the principal celebrant and homilist. Cardinal Gregory made history last year, becoming the first African American Cardinal in the Catholic Church. During his homily, Cardinal Gregory encouraged students to “love God and your neighbor. Everything else you do [in life] will be placed in the right order.” Although this liturgy may have looked much different from prior celebrations, as students and faculty wore face masks and sat in alternating pews, the energy remained the same: positive and purposeful. Students prayed for guidance and pledged to be young ladies of courage, faith, and service. The adult community is filled with pride as our students continue to embody and act on this commitment with each passing day!

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