AWHS Students and Faculty Join Pilgrimage to See Pope Francis

Trip to Washington D.C. made possible by Senator Warren’s Generosity

L to R: Ms. Roach, Stephen Lynch, Stephen Moran, Vanessa Lorusso, Sallyrose Savage, Colleen O'Callaghan, Siobhan Salani, Jaclyn McEachern, Alana Liriano and Mr. Brearley

L to R: Ms. Roach, Stephen Lynch, Stephen Moran, Vanessa Lorusso, Sallyrose Savage, Colleen O'Callaghan, Siobhan Salani, Jaclyn McEachern, Alana Liriano and Mr. Brearley

BRAINTREE, MA. – An excited group of Archbishop Williams High School students and faculty are making their way to Washington to witness Pope Francis’ Address at U.S. Capital.

The eight AWHS students and two teachers will join Catholic parishioners, students, church leaders, citizens and politicians from all across the United States and around the World for the Pope’s first U.S. visit. The Archbishop Williams contingent consist of: Juniors Colleen O'Callaghan (Quincy), Jaclyn McEachern (Quincy), Siobhan Salani (Weymouth) and Stephen Lynch (Kingston); Sophomore Vanessa Lorusso (Hull); Freshman Stephen Moran (Pembroke) and Alana Liriano (Weymouth); and Eighth Grader Sallyrose Savage (Weymouth).  The students will be chaperoned by faculty members Mr. Robert Brearley (Theology) and Ms. Meghan Roach (Social Studies).

This unique opportunity for the students and faculty results from the diligence of faculty member Mrs. Angela Lawlor (Theology) and the gracious response from Senator Elizabeth Warren who gifted the tickets to Archbishop Williams. Mrs. Lawlor commented, “ When the Vatican announced last year that the Pope would be visiting the USA, we all knew that this would be an opportunity for our students to connect with their faith and religion at a new level.  This dream has become a reality thanks to Senator Warren. Our students now have the opportunity not only to attend such a historic event, but also to participate in something that very few American Catholics have ever experienced, a Papal Address. “

The Archbishop Williams group will embark Tuesday via train and arrive in Washington where they plan to take in the many historical and educational sights the District has to offer.  Thursday morning, the AWHS group will join the pilgrimage to the U.S. Capital for Pope Francis’ Address to the masses after the Holy Father’s meeting with Congress.

The AWHS students report being humbled as well as excited to be in the Pope’s presence and hear his address. Theology teacher Bob Brearley commented, “ We are blessed to have this opportunity. Thanks to the efforts of Mrs. Lawlor, Dr. Volonnino and President Duggan, this pilgrimage to see the Pope has been made possible. “ AWHS Principal Dr. Michael Volonnino commented, “This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for our students and it should be a point of personal pride for all of us that Archbishop Williams will participate in Pope Francis' first visit to the U.S. We as an institution will look forward to discussing the Holy Father’s message and how it can apply to all of us in our Catholic Education Mission upon the groups’ return to School.”