This April, 12 students from John Paul the Great Academy (along with 5 adult chaperones) will be going on the “trip of a lifetime” as we travel to Rome for the canonization of two recent popes, Blessed John Paul II and Blessed John XXIII. Because Pope John Paul II is the namesake and patron of our school, this historic event has special significance for us.
It is so important that our school is well-represented at the canonization. We know that we owe a great debt of gratitude to John Paul the Great, and that our school might not even be here today if not for the help of his prayers. For us, this trip is not a vacation but a pilgrimage, a journey of prayer and sacrifice in gratitude for our patron’s life and example.
We are excited to attend the canonization as “ambassadors” on behalf of our school, but we need your help! While pilgrims always travel in a spirit of simplicity, we are in need of financial support to help cover our travel expenses, especially the round-trip flight to Rome. Every little bit helps! Your generosity would be a blessing not only to us, but to our entire school community. We would also like to use this time to offer prayers and sacrifices for your needs. Send us your intentions (JPGinRome@gmail.com), and we will pray for them during our pilgrimage.
In the future, we plan to make this pilgrimage to Rome an annual tradition for our junior class. We hope that in addition to offering our students the opportunity to visit historic places and holy sites, this trip will also help to integrate their knowledge of many of the subjects they've studied in our classical curriculum at John Paul the Great, including history, theology, literature, fine art, and Latin.
Thank you for your support, and may God abundantly bless you!