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Centerville Students Enjoy Tour 11/30/2015

“I really liked the chapels, especially all the detail. Everything had a meaning,” said Jason Rosario, one of the 8th grade students from Incarnation Catholic School (Centerville, Ohio), who toured the Athenaeum November 24.

His buddy at the lunch table, Zach Stearns, added, “I thought the paintings were very interesting; it was all pretty cool.”

For the past five years, the Incarnation 8th grade class has headed down I-75 for a road trip to the Athenaeum. Principal Dr. Cheryl Reichel said she tries to go along each year “because I learn something new every time.” This year, Dr. Reichel invited a friend who serves on the school’s education commission.

“I had no idea what a seminary looked like. I grew up in Chicago and the seminary wasn’t open to the public,” said Sylvia White. “I found the tour fascinating. The artwork is beautiful and I really enjoyed learning the history of the seminary and meeting some of the men studying here.”

Father Brian Phelps, a graduate of Mount St. Mary’s Seminary ordained in 2014, now serves as an associate pastor at Incarnation. Fr. Phelps said Mass for the students and faculty, and assisted with the tour and talk. Each student went home with a special memory.

“I could live in that library for the rest of my life – all those books. It was so impressive,” said Michelle Woeste.

If you would like to schedule a tour for your group or school, contact Jan Hagedorn at or call (513)-231-2223.

Photo Credit: Father Brian Phelps talks to a few of his students from Incarnation Catholic School.

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