When Bishop John Noonan visited All Souls Catholic School in Sanford in November for the Feast of All Souls, he asked the students if they would like him to come back for another visit. They answered with a resounding, “Yes!” So, on May 4, the bishop returned to celebrate Mass and read a book during National Children’s Book Week.
Mary Moran, All Souls’ assistant principal and first grade teacher who has invited Bishop Noonan to come and read to her class for many years, said the children learned about popes and bishops and how they care for the Church early in the year, so they are aware of who the bishop is and that “he leads and cares for the people of the Diocese of Orlando.”
After visiting with the students, Bishop Noonan read the story, ‘Bad Dog, Marley!’ by John Grogan, “stopping to make comments or ask questions throughout his reading,” said Moran. “It’s like he is revisiting his own childhood!”
She added, “I am in awe of this gentle servant leader each time he visits my classroom. When he interacts with the children, be it through the celebration of the Mass, reading a story, or playing with the students, they don’t just get see the shepherd of the Diocese of Orlando, they get a glimpse of Jesus himself.”