Rich Curran, founder and executive director of Parish Success Group, recently visited Siena Catholic Academy to talk with students about the importance of service at St. Thomas More Church in Rochester.
Parish Success Group is a nonprofit organization that develops professional and organizational skills for leaders in Catholic ministry.
Curran met with Siena Catholic Academy students in grades 6-8, as well as fifth- and sixth-graders from elementary schools within the Diocese of Rochester Department of Catholic Schools network. He led an interactive lecture on the importance of integrating service to others into one’s lifestyle and challenged the students to work together with group exercises.
“There is a time to be above someone else and there is a time to be an equal,” Curran said as students completed an exercise with a win-win outcome. “You are not learning religion, you are learning life. Fun is when your life is about others.”
Students participate in community service each academic year.
“At Siena, we strive for our students to grow in all areas of self — intellectually, emotionally, morally and spiritually,” said David Carapella, principal of Siena Catholic Academy. “Serving others develops rewarding relationships for everyone involved, and cultivates a community of compassion, respect and selflessness. We were honored to have Mr. Rich Curran share this message with our students.”
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