LEWISTON — Bishop Robert P. Deeley made a visit to students and staff at Saint Dominic Academy’s Lewiston campus on Monday, May 1.

Students prepared questions for the bishop that went in natural congruence with the age of the questioner.

“How come Jesus picked Peter to be the head of the Church even though he betrayed him three times?” a sixth-grader asked.

“None of us is perfect,” responded Bishop Deeley. “Jesus saw something in him — just as he sees something in all of you — that he wants to use for the good of others. Just because we fail doesn’t mean we are a failure. We are always loved by God and always cared for by God.”

The answer was one of many given by Bishop Deeley as he moved from classroom to classroom.

“Why do you wear that big hat during Mass?,” a first-grader asked.

“So you know who the bishop is!” the bishop replied, making the children laugh. 

The bishop discussed the upcoming 100th anniversary of the appearance of Mary to three young visionaries in the town of Fatima, Portugal, and her message of peace, with third-graders. He learned about the fifth- and sixth-graders’ “flexible seating” pilot program and was treated to a song by fourth-graders which listed all of the counties of Maine.

Bishop Deeley speaks to students in a classroom at Saint Dominic Academy in Lewiston.

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