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Students acting like St. Patrick

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The students of St. Ambrose School in Annandale were treated to a special dramatization depicting the life of St. Patrick March 22. While snow had delayed the play’s opening, it was still well-attended by a crowd of enthusiastic parents, students and faculty.

The tradition was started two years ago when Principal Angela Rowley arrived at St. Ambrose School.
“Being from Ireland and with St. Patrick’s Day approaching, I encouraged the first- and seventh-graders to put on a little (play) on the story of St. Patrick,” said Rowley.
Language Arts teacher Alexis Greshock directed the production, which was put on primarily by the first-grade class with support from their seventh-grade buddies.
First-grader Patrick Coady played the saintly protagonist in a story that followed young Patrick as he is kidnapped from his native England and sold into slavery on the Emerald Isle. He escapes only to return later as a bishop to spread the Good News throughout the pagan land.  
Rowley hopes that by acting out the play, students will remember that the feast day is not just about green cookies and clothes, but about a real-life person and saint.
“It shows that he came from humble beginnings and grew into the person God wanted him to be,” said Rowley. “I think in a very tangible way it shows (students) that they are saints in the making as well.”

© Arlington Catholic Herald 2017