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Posted on Mar 10, 2016 |

Photo: Seminary Field Trip

Photo: Seminary Field Trip

Seminarian Michael Mazzei shows fifth graders from Mother Teresa Catholic Elementary School (Liberty Twp.) vestments used at the seminary's chapel.

Seminarian Michael Mazzei shows fifth graders from Mother Teresa Catholic Elementary School (Liberty Twp.) vestments used at the seminary’s chapel.

Fifth graders from Mother Teresa Catholic Elementary School (Liberty Twp., OH) didn’t know what to expect from their field trip to  Cincinnati’s diocesan seminary, but religion teacher Dacia Daniels, who arranged the trip, said they were “jumping out of their seats with excitement” on the bus trip back to school. “They said ‘those guys are just like us! They like music and sports – it was the best field trip ever!’”

Seminarian Michael Mazzei led the 52 students on a tour of the seminary, including a look at The Athenaeum of Ohio’s artworks and relics. Students were fascinated by the main chapel’s two-story carved reredos, jeweled monstrance, and old-fashioned confessionals. It’s the second year Daniels has taken students from the independent Catholic School on the field trip as part of a lesson on seminary and religious life. “We wanted to let the students see what religious life was all about, not just hear about it in a textbook, a video, or even a speaker,” Daniels said. “Right now, we’re learning about vocations in class, so the timing was absolutely perfect for the field trip. Who knows–maybe some  vocation seeds were planted today.”

Founded in 1998 in the basement of Our Lady of Sorrows Church in Monroe (OH), Mother Teresa Catholic Elementary School now has almost 500 students and broke ground on a new wing last summer. For our story about the expansion, click here and here.

Photo courtesy The AThenaeum of Ohio/Mount St. Mary’s Seminary of the West. Click here for a gallery of photos.

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