On a cold and windy night, nearly 150 STA students entered into solidarity with the homeless by participating in “Cardboard City”. They met Compassion and Vulnerability at the crossroads of Reality last night. Hours in a box on hard asphalt with wind lashing at their cardboard was a poignant yet perfect way to enter into Holy Week.
This annual tradition at St. Thomas Aquinas High School affords our students a unique opportunity to experience the harsh reality that many people face every day. In addition to spending the night outside in the elements, the evening program drew students' attention toward the very real issues that many people must endure.
We extend a special thanks to our faculty and parent chaperones, to Fr. Andrew Nelson who celebrated a late night Mass and heard confessions, and to Jessica Parker (Development Director, Hope on Haven Hill) and Sandy Beaudry (Program Director, Cross Roads House) for sharing their experiences working with the isolated and invisible among us.
A shout-out to Mr. Keith Adams, Director of Ministry & Campus Life, for organizing and managing this tremendous event.
And an overall note of gratitude to everyone in our STA community who surrounds our students with prayers and support through their entire STA journey.