"Welcome to St. Margaret," students announced eagerly as they held open the doors of St. Margaret Middle School to Archbishop William Lori on Tuesday.
It was part of Catholic Schools Week and Sean Caine, spokesman for the Archdiocese of Baltimore, noted the archbishop's choice to visit St. Margaret and John Carroll was especially meaningful. Caine said the latest Census numbers show Harford now has the most Catholics of any jurisdiction in the archdiocese.
"Certainly Harford County is a priority," Caine said, noting "huge parishes" like St. Ignatius in Hickory and St. Margaret.
The archbishop was spending the day at the 15-year-old St. Mary Magdalen Mission Center, along with St. Margaret Elementary School and The John Carroll School in Bel Air.
As far as how to meet their spiritual needs, educational needs and provide other services, "that is a question that the archdiocese continues to ask," he said.
"I think it's very exciting to have such a special guest here just because it's a chance for us to learn more about our vocation," she said. "You get to hear about all these different things you can do."