Tonawanda News — Cardinal O’Hara High School in the Town of Tonawanda earned high praise from the Most Rev. Richard Malone, bishop of Buffalo, at his first visit to the coeducational high school May 1.
The bishop told those in attendance he is comfortable in a school setting as he taught in a Catholic high school and was a campus minister at the Harvard-Radcliffe Student Center.
“This school feel like family,” he said. “It’s wonderful. O’Hara has such a spirit and vitality. It’s a joy to be here,” he added.
The bishop’s visit began with a liturgy in the school auditorium concelebrated by Msgr. Leo McCarthy and the Rev. Thomas Ribits, members of the O’Hara staff, and attended by students, faculty, alumni and guests.
He said that May 1 is the feast of St. Joseph the Worker, explaining the background of the feast and noting that whatever work one chooses, it can be noble and helps build the church.
“The bishop reminded our students to pattern themselves after the saint being honored, today, St. Joseph, in their work efforts in school, as well in their future endeavors,” Mary Holzerland, principal, said.
“Your job here,” the bishop told the students, “is learning — and fun. That work leads us all in celebration of Eucharist and gives praise to God our Father.”
Malone commented on the skill of the O’Hara Song Corps, noting that the group had just returned the evening before from a trip to Disney World in Florida. He stayed after the processional to hear a rendition of the school Alma Mater “Hail the Black and Gold,” written and composed by O’Hara’s choral director, Scott Paeplow.
After the liturgy, the CIAO, Culinary Institute at O’Hara, hosted a reception. The students, wearing chef coats with the CIAO logo and their name embroidered on them, are taught the two-year course by culinary arts teacher, Kristi Bean.