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(Photo courtesy Our Lady of Loretto School)

The student council of Our Lady of Loretto School spelled out a seasonal greeting to Archbishop Cordileone on the school stage during the archbishop’s visit to the Novato school on Oct. 7.

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Our Lady of Loretto School welcomes archbishop
November 1st, 2016
By Christina Gray

Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone brought the Our Lady of Loretto School community in Novato together on Oct. 7 starting with a morning Mass followed by visits to each of the 58-year-old, K-8 school’s classrooms.

Vice principal Jennifer Woodall told Catholic San Francisco that the archbishop was “really warm and personable” with the students who asked him if he had always wanted to be an archbishop. “He smiled and told them that it’s priesthood that is the calling and you are honored with the role of archbishop,” she said.

Woodall said the students also asked him what he might be doing if he had not become the archbishop and he talked about loving music, particularly jazz.

At the start of a luncheon with faculty and staff, the student council greeted the archbishop with a pumpkin-themed sign on the school stage.

“It was a really great day for all of us,” said Woodall. “I felt very happy I work for the Catholic Church.”

The archbishop returned to Novato on Sunday to celebrate two Masses at Our Lady of Loretto and greet parishioners in the piazza, said Woodall.

From November 3, 2016 issue of Catholic San Francisco.

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