We were honoured by a visit by the Rt Revd Mark Davies, the Bishop of the Diocese of Shrewsbury. The Bishop toured the school, conducted mass and spent some time meeting and talking to staff.
Bishop Mark is no stranger to the area, he was born in Manchester and ordained in February 2010 at St Anthony's Church, Wythenshawe and spent over 25 years as a priest in the neighbouring Diocese of Salford.
The Bishop celebrated Mass for staff from Saint Paul’s together with staff from St Anthony’s and Saints John Fisher and Thomas More primary schools. The three schools recently joined together to form the Wythenshawe Catholic Academy Trust and were holding their first joint INSET Day.
Ms Catherine Collier, Deputy Head at Saint Paul’s, explained: “It was wonderful to have the Bishop visit the school, it emphasised the importance of the schools coming together and was a great motivator as the staff began to work together to create a joint mission statement to reflect the Catholic values of the school.”
“It’s a huge privilege and honour to have received a visit by the Bishop,” said Saint Paul’s Head Teacher, Mrs Fiona Minshall. “The day marked the start of a new era with the coming together of the three schools to form the Wythenshawe Academy Trust, having the Bishop there to bless this new start was extremely important to us and we appreciated him taking the time to do this.”