LINCOLN (SNR) – Page One sponsored the fourth annual “Bishop Book Club” event Feb. 9 at the St. Thomas Aquinas Newman Center in Lincoln.
Page One is an extracurricular literacy program sponsored by the Diocesan Education Office. Award-winning books are reviewed and suggested for book lists to ensure students are reading wholesome literature that promotes positive, true messages.
Approximately 30 junior high participants met with the bishop to discuss a collection of 10 poems selected by the bishop. Students were asked to become acquainted with a list of poems, and challenged to memorize four of them to recite them for the bishop.
The bishop discussed how poetry came into his life while he was a student at the University of Kansas.
Guest speaker Diane Coene showed the students how she memorizes poetry using gestures and sign language, and spoke of the impact of poetry on her life as a teacher in California. Coene was a classmate of Bishop Conley’s at the University of Kansas. They shared how poetry invigorates the five senses and how different it is to interpret poetry compared to reading a book.
Grace Raun, one of the directors of the diocesan Page One program, ran the event and shared her excitement for poetry as well through some activities.
The bishop also reflected on his degree, how he converted to Catholicism, and then answered his call to the priesthood.
In addition to the “Bishop’s Book Club,” Page one hosts a competition and a “fun day” each year.