Feast Week Celebration at Salesianum

Salesianum School celebrated its Feast Week last week with a full schedule of activities that ranged from a winter pep rally to the ordination of one of its Oblate faculty members as an Oblate of St. Francis de Sales.


The students began the week with a prayer service in the auditorium, highlighted by Salesian reflections from the students, on Tuesday, Jan. 24 – which was the actual feast day of St. Francis de Sales.


On Wednesday, students again gathered in the auditorium, this time testing their Salesianum wits with a special edition of Salesian Jeopardy.


Thursday afternoon, the winter sports teams were celebrated at a pep rally that featured a flag football game and the winners of what may become a new Feast Week tradition.


For a 10-day period in January, seniors were given a special exemption to grow their facial hair in the model of St. Francis de Sales, the patron saint of Salesianum. Senior T.J. James was selected as the “Manuary” winner by a barber panel of Salesianum alumni Joe Gioffre ’49, Ralph Gioffre ’53, and George Gioffre ’58. Senior Bill Methlie was selected by the students as having the best beard.


Each winter sport was acknowledged, including the hockey team in preparation for its annual “Hockey for a Cause” game that evening against St. Mark’s. Longtime Salesianum teacher and former wrestling coach, John Rusnak, gave an inspirational to close the pep rally.


Friday, Jan. 27, was a very memorable and historic day in the history of Salesianum.


Rev. Michael Vogt, OSFS, was ordained as a priest in front of Salesianum students, faculty and friends. Father Vogt has been at Salesianum since 2009 as part of its campus ministry team and a theology teacher. The first ordination to ever take place at Salesianum, Fr. Vogt celebrated his first mass as an Oblate Priest at St. Katherine of Siena Church in Philadelphia on Sunday. Congratulations to Fr. Vogt!


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