Bishop Gregory J. Hartmayer, OFM Conv., receives questions from event emcee, Brian Sillitto. Photograph by Michelle Chardos.

Curiosity and attitude of service among traits highlighted in Catholic school students at annual ball

Originally Appeared in : 9803-2/1/18

COLUMBUS--Catholic schools are committed to the spiritual, intellectual and physical development of the students entrusted to them. Often, teachers encourage learners to seek information in the form of asking questions. Students at St. Anne-Pacelli in Columbus were asked to ponder what question they would ask the bishop if given the chance. Bishop Gregory J. Hartmayer, OFM Conv. then answered their submitted questions on stage in front of a crowd of around 430 supporters of Catholic education at the Deimel Ball on January 27. 


Students ranging from grades five to 12 were curious about things such as favorite ice cream flavor, thermostat preference in the winter, favorite color and whether the bishop likes pineapple on his pizza. His replies were: Baskin Robbins’ chocolate peanut butter; 68 degrees; blue and “no.” Some questions were of a more serious nature such as, “Do you sometimes get overwhelmed?” The bishop’s reply was, “I do tend to worry but that comes with the job. Anyone who has responsibility for other people wants what’s best for them.” 
Along with forming inquisitive learners, Catholic schools also strive to produce service-minded individuals. As one of the evening’s recipients of the Margot Bradley service award, former St. Anne-Pacelli Physical Education instructor Jean Doblin, says, she hopes in her 26 years with the school that she taught students more than just health for the body. “I expected my students to treat each other with kindness and to only worry about being on one team – Team God.” Other service award winners for the evening were Joseph Saulsbury from St. Benedict the Moor, Linda Turner from Holy Family and Angela Luna from Our Lady of Lourdes. The award is named after Margot Bradley who was one of the visionaries for the Deimel Ball. 


As the awards were given, Bishop Hartmayer commented on how humbling it can be to be singled out for an honor at an event such as the Deimel Ball. “I’m sure the winners feel that they are just doing their part like everyone tries to do their own part. We are grateful for their generous gift of time and talent.” Gratitude was also shared for the gifts of treasure given by those in attendance. Money raised will be added to the event’s 13 year total of $1.2 million to help fund tuition assistance for families in need.


Michelle Chardos is a freelance writer living in Columbus and a parishioner of St. Anne Church.

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