This morning we brought our week long Vacation Bible School for the parishes of Saint Agnes and Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton to a close in a wonderful way. The program used this year was The Serengeti, focusing upon Africa, lions and giraffes and zebras (the three groups of children), and the Faith that is ours and is shared by so many on that continent.
The youngsters looked at four plus saints: a mother/son team of Monica (a woman who lived her Faith amid disdain) and her son, Augustine, both from Northern Africa (Augustine was bishop of Hippo and a great champion of the Faith) ... a brave young catechist from Uganda named Charles Lwanga and his companions who were martyred for the Faith in the late 1800's ... and Josephine Bakhita, a slave from the Sudan who became the ward of an Italian diplomat and was brought to Italy, to the Catholic Faith, and who entered Religious life. She died the year I was born - 1947 - and was canonized in 2000 by Pope John Paul II (I was honored to be present for the canonization).
The kids enjoyed learning about Faith, about Saints, making crafts, sharing snacks and learning great songs and skits with which they serenaded us this morning in a closing program. There were about eighty kids up through grade five, with almost an equal number of adults and older kids as helpers. Their closing program was outstanding, and all involved with the week deserve great credit.