Feast of the Epiphany Celebrated with St. John the Beloved Students

Fr. Beretta and 1st Graders
First grade students from St. John the Beloved help Fr. Beretta pick the Salesianum students to be named "King for a Day."

The Salesianum School Community was joined on January 6 by the first grade from St. John the Beloved School in Wilmington to celebrate the Feast of the Epiphany.


During his homily, Fr. Chris Beretta, OSFS, talked about the important gifts God has given us, including His son Jesus. He also implored the students to share the gifts they have, however ordinary they may seem, with God and the people around us.


The students from St. John the Beloved helped the celebration of mass by singing two songs, Away in a Manger and Pat-a-Pan.


At the conclusion of mass, Fr. Beretta asked three of the first grade students to help select, at random, three Salesianum students who would be named "King for a Day," modeling an old Oblate tradition. The students selected — Harry Hamilton '11, William Gladnick '11, and Jeffery Knaide '13 — will be granted one "wish" from the Principal.


Salesianum School is a Roman Catholic independent secondary school that teaches young men to Live Jesus, guided by the spirituality of Saint Francis de Sales, through a college preparatory education, enabling them to take their place in the world as Salesian gentlemen.

St. John The Beloved 1st Graders
The first grade of St. John the Beloved School helps to celebrate mass by singing Away in a Manger.

Kings for the day
Modeling an Oblate tradition for the Epiphany, three Salesianum students were selected at random to be named "King for a Day" and granted one wish from the principal. Fr. Beretta stands with the student winners (left to right) Jeffery Knaide '13, William Gladnick '11, and Harry Hamilton '11. In front are the St. John the Beloved first graders who selected the students' names.

St. John's Alumni and 1st Graders
The first grade from St. John the Beloved, joined by all Salesianum students who graduated from St. John the Beloved.