Creating Missionary Disciples

Priest saying Mass
Celebrant Fr. Aggie Jean from Parish of the Assumption leads STA into a new school year.


In his Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium (“Joy of the Gospel”), Pope Francis speaks to the Church’s primary mission of evangelization in the modern world. He asks Catholics to reflect on the essential characteristics of Christian missionary discipleship or, in other words, to reflect on being ambassadors of Christ.

In today’s Opening Mass at St. Thomas Aquinas High School, Fr. Aggie Jean reminded students of Pope Francis’ message to the world. And while the Feast Day of the Beheading of John the Baptist doesn’t sound like a day to commemorate, Fr. Aggie did a wonderful job communicating to our younger generation about John’s blazing faith. John came out of the wilderness to proclaim the word of God and the coming of Jesus, the Messiah.  Like John, we are called to evangelize and draw people closer to Christ through our actions, in our words, and by our lives.  We are asked to be missionary disciples.

The first Mass of the school year is always very special and today was no exception. Our student choir filled the gym with beautiful song and our student ministers served Mass with grace and reverence. All students- Catholics and non-Catholics- gathered respectfully together in honor of He who is the reason for our school.

Once again, we are reminded how St. Thomas Aquinas is distinct and different from all others schools and how, in all ways, we strive to live our mission from the inside out.