SJR staff and students were thrilled to receive a visit from the Auxiliary Bishop of Liverpool, the Right Reverend Tom Williams or, ‘Bishop Tom’, as he prefers to be known!
Bishop Tom arrived in time for morning prayers before attending a meeting with local high school Head Teachers. He was then given a tour of the college campus to see the development since his last visit in June 2006 for the inaugural Mass of the new College Chapel.
He spoke to a Religious Studies class where he discovered what the students have studied before participating in an open and frank Q&A session. Later in the day he attended a concert that Music students host every Thursday lunch time, where he was treated to a series of original song and dance performances.
A particularly special part of the day was when Bishop Tom blessed a custom designed cross and gave a blessing to all those present. The cross will be displayed in the College’s newly built ICT building. The images on the cross include computer icons, which tie together the state of the art computer suites with the traditional values that are at the heart of St John Rigby College’s mission and ethos.
College Chaplain, Martin Malone said, “The visit was a huge success and an uplifting experience for all concerned. The Bishop commented on how impressed he was with the whole college community and in particular, with the students he met and the fantastically high standard of the performances he witnessed.”