A selection of Notre Dame staff and students were privileged to attend “Christ at our Heart” – a celebration of the ordination of Bishop Marcus, the tenth Bishop of Leeds.” It was the first official engagement of the new Bishop who was installed the previous day. The service took place at Leeds Cathedral on Friday 14th November and was attended by Terry Coen, the principal of Notre Dame, as well as Religious Studies teacher Catherine Herring, Chaplain Andrew Sullivan and three current students – Ciaran Morrison, Harold Rasalan and Alphons Anyoka.
The rest of the congregation of 350 was made up of staff and students from all of the Catholic primary and secondary schools in Leeds, as well as representatives from Leeds Trinity University.
One of the topics covered by Bishop Marcus was the importance of faith. He presented the congregation with a 1960’s shirt box, a treasured possession he found while cleaning out a cupboard, which held his white baptismal garment from 50 years ago. His mum, who recently died, had kept it safely all this time. Bishop Marcus used this to represent faith and how we should always treasure it.