WESTFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Some students from St. Mary’s Parish School in Westfield will have a front-row seat to Pope Francis’ historic address. Four students and their teacher left for Washington, D.C. just after midnight Thursday, accompanied by a larger group from the Diocese of Springfield.
The students were invited to the pope’s address at the Capitol by Congressman Richard Neal. They were selected through a random lottery.
Student Alexis Shedd of Russell told 22News that it was thrilling to be chosen. “It’s such an honor to be seeing the Pope, and I’m glad to get this religious experience- because not only have we been learning about the Pope in school and following his tweets, we have been going through his teachings to learn more about the true meaning of our faith from him,” Shedd said.
After the address, the students will meet Congressman Neal for lunch, and then return to western Massachusetts Thursday night.