Anders Long

“Restore” provides new faith-formation opportunity

Author: Layla Nguyen, staff writer, Xchange

Snow and ice was not enough to stop the Pius X Ministry Team from hosting its first Restore on February 27.

The inspiration for Restore came from a trip to St. James Academy in Kansas City. While visiting, principal Tom Korta, campus minister Claire Maly, and chaplain Fr. Joseph Bernardo encountered the Academy’s Draw Near series.

Maly saw its success and craved a similar program for Pius X.

“We realized the power of student testimony,” Maly said. “You guys hearing the stories of your friends encountering Christ, and that’s a big way to draw people to the Lord.”

Unlike the ministry team’s Praise and Worship, where students traveled to various parishes, Restore has its focus on Pius X and its students. The name was cleverly coined by senior and ministry member Genevieve O’Gara in regards to the school’s motto: Restore all things in Christ.

Restore features a student testimony followed by adoration and a chance for confessions. This month’s testimony came from senior Anders Long.

Long gave his interpretation of the Bible book of Ruth. Comparing his own loss of a family member to that of Ruth, Long found a message of how students should go about treating others.

“The point of Ruth is that in our everyday lives, in our everyday tragedies, even the most insignificant people are a part of something really big: God’s plan,” Long said.

Before he closed his testimony, Long gave his audience a mission. “Homework” was what he deemed it.

Long said, “When you go to school, I want you to remember that you are a part of something bigger. I want you to talk to someone you don’t normally talk to. I want you to go to the chapel. I want you to be positive.”

Adoration began after Long’s testimony. Confessions were also available at this time. Senior Alexander Wagner and sophomore Nik Barger provided singing and music throughout.

After the hour of adoration, the final blessing was given, and cookies in the commons brought the evening to a close.

Restore is hosted on the third Wednesday of each month. All students are welcomed, and all are offered the opportunity to speak. Any students interested in giving a testimony, whether it be for Restore, school retreats or upcoming Lenten services, are encouraged to talk with Maly.

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