On Sept. 18, St. Augustine of Canterbury School students in grades five through eight made a pilgrimage to the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart in commemoration of the school’s 50th Anniversary. The date was chosen especially for its feast day of Saint Joseph of Cupertino, the Patron Saint of Students.
Upon arrival, the students were greeted by their Pastor, Reverend Robert G. Lynam, KCHS, Most Reverend John J. Myers, Archbishop of Newark, Most Reverend Manuel Cruz, Auxiliary Bishop of Newark and Monsignor Christopher Hynes.
The students entered the Basilica in awe of its beauty and reverence. Father Lynam celebrated Mass with Deacon Michael Murtha of St. Cecilia Parish in Monmouth Junction. The school’s choir, led by Music Director, William R. Berg lifted their voices with glory and praise.
Father Lynam shared the history of Saint Joseph of Cupertino in his homily, teaching the students the importance of dedication and commitment to faith.
Upon conclusion of the Mass of thanksgiving, the students toured the Basilica. A special tribute at the Chapel of St. Lucy Filippini was offered in gratitude for the Religious Teachers Filippini.
Father Lynam commissioned the Sisters to teach and administer St. Augustine School in 2001 to current day. Father Lynam’s leadership brings excellence, consistency and faith presence to the students each day in a flourishing environment of Catholic education.
Later that afternoon, the faculty and students enjoyed a celebratory luncheon and educational program at Medieval Times.