Students and staff at St. Pius X Parish School in Lombard recently welcomed Bishop R. Daniel Conlon in early March.
The bishop celebrated morning Mass with the students and visited every classroom afterwards. He spoke with the children about what they were learning in their religion classes and answered many, many questions about being a bishop. “Many students wanted to know about the job of being a Bishop, what he does all day, and how he became a Bishop,” said Daniel Flaherty, the school’s principal, who accompanied Bishop Conlon to the classrooms. “Others simply wanted to know what he liked to do in his spare time and what he would be giving up for Lent.”
The bishop explained that he knew he wanted to be a priest at the age of seven because is uncle was a priest. He also told them that a day in the life of a bishop is never the same from one day to the next.
He told them he loved to read historical books in his spare time but planned on reading more spiritual books for Lent.
“We were so happy to have the bishop visit us,” Flaherty said. “It was a nice opportunity for the children to get to know him a little better. It was a very memorable day for our students.”