Chicago Archbishop Blase Cupich popped into several classrooms, lunched with students and even got into a "selfie" during Thursday's visit at Carmel Catholic High School in Mundelein.
During his hourlong tour, Cupich stopped in calculus and biology classrooms to observe teachers and students. In a religious studies class, he instructed students on the history of gargoyles.
"When I walked in here today, it was clear to me that there were young people who were happy to be here and happy to be with each other. It was just a flawless visit and everything was so well organized. It is clear that the people who are in charge here know what they are doing," Cupich said after the visit. "I am pleased to be with smart and high-energy people."
And, students were just as excited to be with the archbishop.
They joined him for lunch, where he answered their questions while eating a slice of Mexican pizza and chicken noodle soup. They laughed as he talked about his Twitter account and showed off pictures of himself on his cellphone.
"It was very exciting. I was really nervous when he first came in. I never thought I would get a chance to meet him," said sophomore Jack McKernan of Grayslake. "I sat down next to him (during lunch) and I got to talk to him. He was a really nice guy. He seems very personable and friendly."
Cupich ended his visit with a small service in the Brandsma Chapel, where he thanked the students before saying a prayer. When students rose and clapped as he left the room, Cupich turned, smiled and waved.