Breaking News Bar
updated: 2/6/2015 5:30 AM

Archbishop Cupich leaves big impression on students, staff at Carmel

hello
Success - Article sent! close
  • Carmel Catholic High School junior Shawn Donley of Wauconda takes a "selfie" with Chicago Archbishop Blase Cupich during his visit to the Mundelein school Thursday. Cupich stopped in classrooms, ate lunch with students and talked with teachers and employees during the hourlong visit.

      Carmel Catholic High School junior Shawn Donley of Wauconda takes a "selfie" with Chicago Archbishop Blase Cupich during his visit to the Mundelein school Thursday. Cupich stopped in classrooms, ate lunch with students and talked with teachers and employees during the hourlong visit.
    Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

  • Chicago Archbishop Blase Cupich shares a laugh with several seniors during his tour of Carmel Catholic High School in Mundelein. Cupich stopped in classrooms, ate lunch with students and talked with teachers and employees during his hourlong visit Thursday.

      Chicago Archbishop Blase Cupich shares a laugh with several seniors during his tour of Carmel Catholic High School in Mundelein. Cupich stopped in classrooms, ate lunch with students and talked with teachers and employees during his hourlong visit Thursday.
    Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

  • Chicago Archbishop Blase Cupich talks to Carmel Catholic High School religious studies students about gargoyles as part of his tour of the Mundelein school Thursday. Cupich stopped in classrooms, ate lunch with students and talked with teachers and employees during the hourlong visit.

      Chicago Archbishop Blase Cupich talks to Carmel Catholic High School religious studies students about gargoyles as part of his tour of the Mundelein school Thursday. Cupich stopped in classrooms, ate lunch with students and talked with teachers and employees during the hourlong visit.
    Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

  • Video: Archbishop's Carmel visit

 
By Gilbert R. Boucher II
gboucher@dailyherald.com

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.

Article Comments ()
Guidelines: Keep it civil and on topic; no profanity, vulgarity, slurs or personal attacks. People who harass others or joke about tragedies will be blocked. If a comment violates these standards or our terms of service, click the X in the upper right corner of the comment box. To find our more, read our FAQ.