NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Students from Father Ryan High School traveled to Washington D.C. Wednesday to see Pope Francis during his visit to the United States.
The school hosted a special all-school assembly to send off the nearly 20 students and three faculty members.
Over 1,000 students, teachers and parents gathered at the quad to pray before the student’s journey.
Student’s said they were excited to make the trip and for the once in a lifetime opportunity to witness the papal address.
“When we heard about the opportunity, we jumped at it because we knew this was a once in a lifetime experience in faith and really a pilgrimage people can grow and get to know their faith better through Pope Francis,” said Dean of Campus Ministry and Student Life Elizabeth Coyle.
The group will be among an estimated 22,000 people who will watch Pope Francis deliver the first papal address to a joint session of the United States Congress.
“For them, this is an example of faith in action. They want to live lives of faith, they want to live lives of service, they want to give back to those in need. And then they see the head of their faith, of the Catholic church, doing just that,” said Coyle.
The students will be only be gone around 32 hours total. They are expected to return to Nashville around Midnight on Thursday.