Bishop Malloy Makes First Visit to JPII South Campus
By Margarita Mendoza, El Observador Editor
November 15, 2018
AURORA—“We want to teach you and help you to become saints,” said Bishop David Malloy during his homily on Nov. 7 at the South Campus of Pope St. John Paul II Catholic Academy located at Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish here.  
 
“We want you to learn your math, English, science, everything. More than anything else, I want (you) to become saints. That’s the reason for being in Catholic schools. That’s the reason to put in so much effort, time, money and work.”
 
The Mass was the first the bishop said at the south campus since the consolidation of Our Lady of Good Counsel, St. Joseph, St. Peter, and St. Therese of Jesus Schools into one Catholic academy.
 
Teachers, parents, grandparents and neighbors joined the students for Mass, where they heard the music of the school choir. 
 
“We teach you how to live your faith, because every one of us one day is going to be called home by Christ,” the bishop continued. “We don’t have to be afraid because one day each and every one of us is going to die and then we are going to have to say how we lived,” he  told the students in his homily.
 
“You choose to say if you want the Holy Spirit or are not interested,” he said. 
 
The bishop went on to explain to the students that is why it is so important to make good choices every day. 
 
“Every time you tell the truth and say your prayers … your parents tell you something, your teachers tell you to do something and you do it, every time you talk to Jesus and you tell Him, ‘Jesus I love you,’ you are showing Jesus you want to be with Him,” Bishop Malloy said.
 
The bishop also asked the students to pray for him and all the bishops of the U.S. as they prepared to come together to make important decisions at the fall meeting of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. The meeting ended Nov. 14. 
 
“We were impressed by Bishop Malloy’s confidence in us,” said Father Timothy Mulcahey, executive pastor of the academy and pastor of Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish.
 
“He gave us a very important task — to pray for him and for all the bishops of the U.S. as they (prepared) for their meeting. Bishop Malloy was very specific, asking us to pray every day an Our Father, a Hail Mary and a Glory Be. Each classroom has been doing this each day,” he said. 
 
After Mass, Bishop Malloy walked to the school, starting in the gym where some adults and young people approached him to ask for his blessings. Among them were the Torres family — Maribel, Eduardo and their seventh-grade daughter Athziry. 
 
Monica Stratman, a widow,  asked the bishop to bless the  rosary she prays every day. 
 
Bishop Malloy also visited the classrooms, where most of the students received him with “Good morning Bishop Malloy.” 
 
The bishop asked them if they knew who he was, and some of the youngest answered he was “the pope.” 
 
Bishop Malloy clarified for them that the pope “is my boss. He is higher.” 
 
Some students were curious about the crosier he carried, and he explained the symbol of having the staff as a pastor and shepherd of the Catholics of the diocese. 
 
Father Mulcahey said the students and community “were very happy to have the bishop for Mass and a visit.”