PERU – The school’s tagline, Spirit of St. Bede, took on a whole new meaning during Wednesday’s prayer service held during the traditional spirit week at St. Bede Academy.
Fr. Ronald Margherio began the all-school prayer service at the St. Bede fountain with students saying a separate blessing prayer for the freshmen, sophomore, junior and senior classes.
A blessing was then said by all students for the faculty and staff, and in turn the faculty and staff renewed their commitment to the students. Students and faculty then proceeded to the St. Bede cemetery where several students read short biographies of various deceased monks.
The stories read by students included Fr. Gilbert Simon, who died in 1906 while saving seven students who had fallen through the ice while skating to Brother Otto, the infamous St. Bede “ghost” who “haunts” the academy.
Each story read by the students concluded with, “I am the Spirit of St. Bede.”
To finish the prayer service, students and faculty sang Happy Birthday to Brother George Matsuola, who was celebrating his 93rd birthday and was presented a cake by students.
Spirit Week is a tradition held at St. Bede Academy during the beginning of the school year for students to interact, build on their faith and get to know each other better as each school year begins.