Archdiocesan Schools of Special Education Receive Exclusive Tour and Special Moment with “Pope Francis’ Philly FIAT”

The Archdiocesan Schools for Special Education, whose students Pope Francis expressed such love and care for during his historic visit to Philadelphia, offered special experience with the “Philly FIAT” before Auto Show opens to the public.

Philadelphia, PA (January 29, 2016) – The Archdiocese of Philadelphia, the World Meeting of Families – Philadelphia 2015 and the Philadelphia Auto Show hosted students from the four Archdiocesan Schools of Special Education for an exclusive tour of the Philadelphia Auto Show, including a stop to see one of the two FIAT 500Ls used by Pope Francis during his historic visit to Philadelphia. This special tour took place in advance of Friday’s evening’s Philadelphia Auto Show Black Tie Tailgate at which at least one of “Pope Francis’ Philly FIATs” will be auctioned to benefit several Archdiocesan ministries.

In showing “Pope Francis’ Philly FIAT” to these special students, Donna Crilley Farrell, Executive Director of the World Meeting of Families – Philadelphia 2015, utilized interactive story-telling to share the tale of Pope Francis’ trip to Philadelphia and to explain the significance of this important yet humble vehicle. Students participated in the story by sharing famed photos of Pope Francis during his visit to the city for the World Meeting of Families – Philadelphia 2015. At the conclusion, each student was given a Vatican City flag and all gathered around the famed FIAT for a “selfie,” which was “tweeted” to Pope Francis’ @Pontifex account.

“The opportunity to share this moment with these wonderful students truly reflects the power of Pope Francis’ visit to Philadelphia last September,” said Farrell. “As the Holy Father encouraged us to love and care for others, especially those most vulnerable and marginalized in society, I could not be more thankful to David Kelleher and the Philadelphia Auto Show for opening its doors to us and helping us to support so many worthy causes, including our schools of special education.”

The Schools of Special Education, operated by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and managed in-part by the Faith in the Future Foundation, allow students to immerse themselves in the wonder of their surroundings, the love of their communities and the joy of learning that every child shares. Each of the Archdiocesan schools of special education delivers a strong suite of academic, sensory and spiritual instruction. Students learn more than the skills needed to make it in the world; they also learn how to make the world a better place. The Schools of Special Education is comprised of Archbishop Ryan Academy for the Deaf, Saint Lucy Day School for Children with Visual Impairment, Saint Katherine Day School and Our Lady of Confidence.

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