LIMA — Toledo Bishop Daniel Thomas visited Lima Central Catholic for mass on Friday, part of the diocese’s youth outreach.
“It’s very important for me to be with them, to offer mass with them, to pray with them and to engage them,” Thomas said. “If I can, that’s a way, I believe, of helping them to more deeply understand the church, to have a connection to their shepherd, to their bishop and also to recognize that I’m encouraging them in living their Catholic faith.”
Thomas preached about evil, encouraging students “to become symbols of unity, rather than instruments and division,” before fielding questions from LCC juniors and seniors curious about his role in the Toledo Diocese.
“Young people want to hear the truth,” he said. “Young people want to know we can confront difficult questions.”
Thomas travels to the diocese’s 14 Catholic high schools every two years, an initiative that started under the Toledo Diocese’s last bishop, Leonard Blair.
During those visits, Thomas meets with older students to answer their questions about theology, Catholic teaching and culture. Those meetings, Thomas said, allow students to share their concerns and questions while also allowing him to learn what young people are encountering today.
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