More than 300 students representing Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia — 17 high schools, four schools of special education and 119 parish and regional elementary schools — gathered for a pep rally Sept. 7 at the National Shrine of St. John Neumann in Philadelphia. Archbishop Charles J. Chaput and leaders of the archdiocesan Office of Catholic Education welcomed the students as they opened the 235th consecutive year of Catholic education in the Philadelphia region. The archbishop encouraged the students to become leaders rooted in humility and service to others. “My challenge to you, boys and girls, is to become leaders who serve others,” he said. “The more you serve, the more you will see proof positive that small acts of Christian love are contagious. They provide inspiration to better the condition of the world in which we live.” The Bishop Shanahan Marching Band and Cardinal O’Hara Cheerleading Team performed before mascots from many of the high schools competed in a foot race. (Photos by Sarah Webb)
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