Father Charles Persing, a former chaplain at Delone Catholic High School, has returned to the area to be the new pastor at Immaculate Conception School in New Oxford.
Immaculate Conception School principal Donna Hoffman, who began her role last year, and the school's new pastor, Father Charles Persing, say they are honored to have joined a school with a 150-year history of Catholic education. (THE EVENING SUN - BRETT BERWAGER)
To provide guidance as students develop their faith, Persing
believes a religious leader needs to take an active role in a school, sharing personal stories and thoughts to show students how faith could be seen and used in everyday life.
"Religion's a subject," he
"Faith is a life."
In his 24 years as a priest, serving as a chaplain at Delone Catholic High School and Annunciation B.V.M. School in the 1990s before becoming the pastor of Saint Joseph Parish in Dallastown, Persing has seen Catholic education change with time.
With families facing financial pressures, tuition payments can be a great sacrifice, Persing
"And we see parents make that sacrifice, not only because of academics but because they want a faith-driven education for their children," he
Many parents have benefited from a parochial education, and want the cycle to continue with their own children, he
And that continued cycle is what allows schools like Immaculate Conception to have a rich history
And to be a part of the school, to make his
own mark in its history, is an honor, Persing
"It's something of which you can be proud," he
said, looking at Hoffman, who nodded.