Most Reverend Nelson J. Perez, Archbishop of Philadelphia, spent the morning at La Salle College High School on October 6, 2021.
He was greeted at the entrance by Brother James Butler, FSC and Trey DeSantis '22, President of the Student Council, along with the sounds of the Pep Band. He was given a tour of the school by three members of the senior class, where he visited science, religion, and world language classes as well as spent time in the Innovation and Design Studio and Robotics Lab. Following the tour, the Archbishop celebrated Mass outdoors on Flannery Field for the entire student body along with the faculty, staff, and invited guests.
He was joined by pastors from local parishes and over 1,000 people were able to take part in the celebration of the Eucharistic Liturgy. The choral group sang the refrain for the opening hymn (Christ, Be Our Light) in Spanish and over fifty instrumentalists provided music. During his homily, Archbishop Perez acknowledged the generations of Christian Brothers who have carried the spirit of Saint John Baptist de La Salle in their hearts and have passed on those teachings to the lay faculty and students. Additionally, he charged the students to be grateful for the gifts given to them through "God's creative touch."
Following Mass, the Archbishop was interviewed by several multimedia students and then participated in a reception with the entire senior class in the tents on Meehan Field, where he played baggo with some of the students. In a coincidence which did not seem so accidental, the Mass on Flannery Field was celebrated on what would have been Coach John "Tex" Flannery's 99th birthday.