CHARLESTON—In the end, the 100th anniversary of Bishop England High School brought the old and the new together on one campus and rekindled the sense of community that has forged a century of tradition.
Events began Sept. 22 with a centennial Mass celebrated by Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone. It was attended by a diverse crowd including current and past students, faculty, community members and religious with connections to the school. Several priests attended along with the Sisters of Charity of Our Lady of Mercy, some of whom graduated from the school before taking vows.
Carrie Mummert, the school’s director of development, noted that at one time, Bishop England was completely staffed by priests and nuns.
On Sept. 25, the back section of the campus was transformed into a reunion village with food trucks and music, followed by the Bishops game against James Island Charter. Before the game started, the football players and crowd were led into the stadium by the Charleston Police Pipes and Drums band.
The final day of celebration included a second Mass so those who came from around the country could attend. It was followed by a “Coming Home” dance.
As the many generations of Bishops mingled, they looked to the future of the school and the next 100 years of tradition.