Courtesy of Jill Taylor Spero
Bishop Foley visits Prince of Peace
Bishop David Foley and the Prince of Peace Catholic School’s eighth grade confirmation candidates in the church’s chapel after Ash Wednesday service and Mass.
Prince of Peace Catholic parish was honored to have Bishop David Foley at its Hoover campus on Ash Wednesday to offer Mass, give ashes, and speak to the eighth grade class about their upcoming confirmation.
Bishop Foley said Lent is a time of positive change, not just 40 days of sacrifice. He urged everyone to increase their almsgiving, be friendly, helpful and reach out to others as well as increase their prayer life with at least a simple morning and evening prayer.
The eighth-graders spent an hour with Bishop Foley discussing the meaning of confirmation, the historical significance of his Bishop’s clothing and unique ring, and eternal life. He related his journey from an eighth grade confirmation candidate to seminarian, priest, auxiliary bishop, bishop and now, retired bishop.
“You don’t choose to become a bishop, you are chosen,” said Bishop Foley.
Everyone had a chance to examine his unique bishop’s ring and learned that by putting the symbols together, the wearer’s name and diocese could be identified.