On the bright morning of Saturday, June 1, families, faculty and staff from Holy Spirit Prep’s three campuses gathered under the banner of the school as its ambassadors at the Archdiocese of Atlanta’s Eucharisic Congress. The Congress, an annual diocesan conference celebrating the faith and work of the Catholic community of Atlanta, invites Catholic organizations across Atlanta to participate in a variety of ways: processionals, workshops, and exhibits.
Saturday’s events kicked off with a morning processional into the Congress. Aimee Sinks, HSP’s Head Girl, carried the school banner with two HSP dads, Cesar Olguin and Mauricio Loria. The processional, comprised of all the Catholic groups attending, spotlighted the first communicants of the diocese. A number of First Holy Communicants, including Carolina Loria, Eric Winkler, Issac Olguin and Zamantha Vasquez, processed in their communion outfits. “It really was beautiful!” said Clara Olguin, who helped coordinate HSP’s involvement in the Congress.
Many stayed on for one of the Congress’s five tracks of panels, seminars, and speakers. In addition to the processional and seminars, HSP also staffed a booth in the Congress Exhibit Hall, promoting HSP’s mission and services to the public. Lower School Principal Andrea Cruz; our Admissions team of Liz Winkler and Cindy Sexton; and proud parent Kim Shulman all volunteered to staff the booth and share HSP’s story with visitors.
Holy Spirit Prep participated in the Congress for the first time this year. Clara Olguin reports that “it was a great encounter with our Catholic churches, schools, ministries, all sisters and brothers from all over Georgia. We all had a great time of fellowship, worship, and renewal.” Plans are already afoot to take part in next year’s Eucharistic Congress, scheduled for June 20-21, 2014. If you missed your opportunity to join HSP this year, be sure to mark your calendars to attend with us next year.