Twenty-eight seniors at Archbishop Hoban High School in Akron are among the newest extraordinary ministers of holy Communion in the Diocese of Cleveland. They were commissioned during an all-school liturgy on Sept. 12.
Making the day even more special was a visit to the school from Bishop Nelson Perez who celebrated the Mass and presided at the commissioning. Father Mike Ausperk, who assists with campus ministry at Hoban, concelebrated.
School officials said the liturgy usually is celebrated on Sept. 15, the feast of Our Lady of Sorrows, patroness of the Congregation of the Holy Cross. Hoban is one of the congregation?s ministries. Since that feast falls on a Saturday this year, Mass took place on the feast of the Most Holy Name of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
More than 800 Hoban students, plus faculty, staff, guests and some parents filled the gym for the liturgy.
As he often does when celebrating a school Mass, the bishop asked the students what is special about Hoban. The students chimed in with a variety of answers, including school spirit, ?mushy cookies,? it?s like family, the teachers, they educate the mind and heart, Wilson (a dog belonging to Holy Cross Brother Bob Livernois, vice president of mission and ministry) and ?Mum Day.?
The bishop said he met Wilson when he arrived. Wilson is an unofficial school ambassador who has the run of the campus and loves to greet visitors.
?Tell me about ?Mum Day,?? he asked the students. ?Does it work?? They explained it?s a Hoban tradition dating back more than 50 years that culminates the annual Spirit Week.