Friars in the House: The Family That Prays Together, Stays Together

Implementing a house system at Bishop Lynch High School was a big, bold move to improve pastoral care, mentorship and student leadership opportunities. Now that the BL House System is underway, it’s time to check in on the progress and hear from deans, mentors, student leaders, and students.
This weekly series provides a glimpse into all the ways – big and small – that students, and even staffulty, are being positively affected by the new BL House System. It will also address plans for growth and refinement during year one.

Round-up of Meaningful Mentor Group Activities
De Porres: The Family That Prays Together, Stays Together
Mentor group meetings allow for a lot of fun social interactions among students, but they also provide opportunities to share faith and deepen spiritual connections as well. Earlier this week, the De Porres House held the first all-house Mass during mentor group time to celebrate the Nov. 3 feast day of St. Martin de Porres, patron saint of racial harmony, janitors and barbers.
Father Edwin Leonard gave a beautiful homily about the life of St. Martin de Porres. He encouraged students to pray for the intercession of St. Martin de Porres when faced with rejection, naysayers and other obstacles. House Dean Lori Rodriguez said her house members loved learning more about their house’s namesake and that the group was very attentive during Mass.
“Our house chaplain was the lector and our house captain and co-captain were gift bearers. It was so special to spend time on our faith journey with members of the De Porres House while honoring our house saint for his feast day,” said Mrs. Rodriguez.
Montfort: Thanking the Troops
Montfort Mentor Phoebe Sisk knows about patriotism first-hand. As a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, Mrs. Sisk was touched when her daughter Sarah Katherine, a BL junior and Montfort House vice-captain, suggested sending cards to deployed troops this month in honor of Veterans Day.
Montfort Dean Dr. Bob Iden loved the idea and enlisted the help of all six mentor groups, including the one led by Sarah Katherine’s mom.
“I was so impressed by the succinct and meaningful ways our students found to express their thanks to the troops. It was only a postcard, but they poured their thanks into it,” said Mrs. Sisk.
Approximately 150 postcards have been mailed to Operation Gratitude and are on their way to thank our brave heroes!