More than 300 students from Archdiocesan Catholic schools gathered Sept. 6 on the steps of the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul, kicking off the new academic year with prayer and a pep rally.

Archbishop Charles Chaput challenged the students to “embrace the gift of Catholic education,” noting that through their service to others, they would discover that “small acts of Christian love are contagious.”

(All photos by Sarah Webb.)