Head of School Sr. Jane Meyer, O.P. attended the Papal address to Congress on Sept. 24 as the guest of Congressman Pete Olson. Congressman Olson and wife Nancy’s daughter, Kate, graduated from St. Agnes Academy in 2015. Sr. Jane sat in the gallery of the house chamber and was able to go to the Capitol steps with Congress to wave as the Pope exited.
Sr. Jane is a long-time fan of Pope Francis, and visiting D.C. for his address was a dream come true. To her, his message is humble and relevant, especially for many of our students. St. Agnes represents a diverse student body, with the graduating Class of 2015 representing 11 different countries. Many of our students are first-generation Americans and he speaks to their hearts. Sr. Jane says of her experience:
For me, it was truly a spiritual experience. There was so much excitement everywhere I turned. Just being in the presence of this holy and humble man was such a blessing. As he talked I felt like I was in the presence of holiness and goodness. He is such a loving man and he calls us to be loving. Pope Francis has a charisma about him that is magnetic. He draws people to himself by his goodness, holiness, simplicity and sincerity. I loved the fact that he called us all to renewal and cooperation. I felt that he called us to stand counter culture and called us to be a better person. He made me see and feel the joy at the heart of the Gospel. Pope Francis made me feel so proud to be Catholic; so proud to be Church.
All students at St. Agnes paused to watch the Papal address on Thursday morning. They were greeted with a pre-recorded video of Sr. Jane, beaming from ear to ear. As guests in the chamber settled into their seats, all St. Agnes students were keeping a watchful eye. Sophomore Melisa Campos said, “We were all looking for her in the crowd!”