Bishop Richard F. Stika continued his on-going effort to visit with diocesan school children when he spent the morning at St. Mary’s School in Oak Ridge on Oct. 24.
Students enjoyed hearing from Bishop Stika during an all-school assembly in which His Excellency spoke about the journey that brought him to East Tennessee as the leader of the Diocese of Knoxville.
“It was a blessing to have the shepherd of our diocese spend so much time with the students,” said Sister Marie Blanchette, principal of St. Mary’s School. “He was genuinely interested in each student and the students enjoyed his sense of humor. It was a day they will not forget.”
Afterward, Bishop Stika joined the Student Council and Class Representatives for a pizza lunch and a group “selfie” photograph. From there, it was on to a tour of each classroom for a spotlight on education and extra-curricular activities at St. Mary’s School.
St. Mary’s is an Award-winning Catholic school, founded in 1950, that offers Pre-K-8th grade classes. A National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence, the school is known for its excellent math, technology & science programs, as well as small class sizes, individualized instruction, athletic programs & after-school care.