Two years ago when Bishop Barres asked me to be the Chaplain at Nativity High School, I did not have to take any time to say, “let me think about it and call you in the morning”. My immediate response was, “I would be honored”.
In my role as Chaplain of Nativity BVM High School, I am comforted by the fact that the Holy Spirit is able to work with someone as imperfect as myself. I graduated from what was Holy Name High School in Reading (now Berks Catholic) in 1975. I remember being uncertain about what I would do with my life although I felt this calling to be a priest. So I had eight years to decide as I attended Saint Charles Seminary in Philadelphia. And, for some strange reason, the Lord has called me to be a priest. When I think of this, I am constantly reminded of the words of the Lord spoken through the prophet Isaiah, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways my ways” (Isaiah 55:8).>
Regardless of the ways in which the Lord surprises us, it becomes obvious that we are all called to win souls for Jesus Christ. There may be times when this great enterprise elicits anxiety and fear, but in the face of that fear we can be assured that Jesus will always give us the means to accomplish our task.
During my short time as your Chaplain, I have found Nativity to be the “family” that I have always heard it is. Even though my Chaplain’s position is only part time, it is so refreshing to be among the students, faculty and staff. I thoroughly enjoy being a part of the Nativity family. I pray that God will always keep me focused and give me the strength to always do what is best for the school community, to lead them closer to Christ, and help to strengthen their faith life. In the face of this responsibility, I entrust myself to your prayers.
May God Bless You.
Fr. Dave Loeper
The Sacrament of Penance, known commonly as Confession, is available at Nativity during lunch periods the day before scheduled school Masses. Students may also come to confession at any time they choose, by appointment with the Chaplain.
During the year, religion teachers bring their classes to the chapel for prayer on the First Friday of the month. The Blessed Sacrament is exposed throughout the day. This is a wonderful time for students to be able to take some quality time before the Lord.