Holy Redeemer High School recently hosted nearly 70 elementary school students at a day-long workshop designed to cultivate leadership skills among students in its feeder system. Students from Good Shepherd Academy, Holy Rosary School, St. Jude School, St. Nicholas/St. Mary School, and Wyoming Area Catholic attended.

Planned and conducted by members of Holy Redeemer’s Student Leadership Council (SLC), the event included workshops, presentations, and lunch. The theme of the event was one offered by Pope Francis, who urged youth to “have courage, go forward, and make noise.”

Prayers were offered by Holy Redeemer students, and remarks were delivered by Msgr. David Tressler, superintendent of schools/secretary for Catholic schools of the Diocese of Scranton. Msgr. Tressler encouraged students to “work together, share gifts, and build up the Kingdom of God by following Jesus’ example of true leadership”.

Students attending were encouraged to take their new leadership skills back to their schools, their churches, their communities, and eventually to Holy Redeemer as high school students.


Leadership Group

Shown are some of the participants, first row, from left: Kyra Krzywicki, Good Shepherd Academy, Kingston; Julianna Powis, St. Jude School, Mountaintop; Cloe Mazzatosta, St. Nicholas/St. Mary School, Plains; Msg. David Tressler, Diocesan superintendent of schools/secretary for Catholic education; Anita Sirak, principal, Holy Redeemer.

Second row: Michael Booth, SLC advisor and faculty member; Michael Conlon, SLC president, Inkerman; Conlan McAndrew, SLC vice president, Mountaintop; Michael Gatusky, SLC treasurer, Dallas; Matthew Lyons, SLC secretary, Forty Fort; Peyton McNulty, Holy Rosary School, Pittston; Bianca Mazzarella, Wyoming Area Catholic, Pittston; Father Joseph Elston, dean of students, Holy Redeemer.