By Nickhil Tekwani ’18
Last month, Archbishop Mitty High School’s LIFE Team gathered to watch the Performing Arts Department’s rendition of “Jesus Christ Superstar,” a rock opera written in the late 20th century. LIFE Team came together to support the Performing Arts Department and to further their faith and community as they watched the theological musical about the Paschal Mystery.
LIFE (Living in Faith Experience) Team is a Campus Ministry group comprised of AMHS seniors, who serve as the Campus Ministry student leadership for the school. These students assist with liturgies, retreats, and all the programs that run under the Campus Ministry Department. LIFE Team also holds occasional special events, like the “Jesus Christ Superstar” viewing night, to bond and build faith. This is the first time that Campus Ministry has specifically reserved seats for the LIFE Team to watch an AMHS production.
“Campus Ministry decided to attend “Jesus Christ Superstar” for three important reasons: 1) to make visible God’s love for us, 2) to support the Performing Arts Department (many of whom are on LIFE Team), and 3) to have our LIFE Team spend time together and continue to grow closer together as a community,” said Mr. Tim Wesmiller, Director of Campus Ministry.
The viewing night for this musical certainly made God visible to the students in the audience. Students commented that the intensity of the acting brought out aspects of the Paschal Mystery that they previously did not comprehend. It allowed them to see the power of theater: that real-life acting can bring out more of a story than words alone.
Finally, one of LIFE Team’s key goals is to come together as a community, and the group is always looking for more ways to bond as friends and classmates. Senior Belana Labra outlined the success of this event, in that regard.
“I love spending time with members of LIFE Team, and tonight was no different,” Belana said. “It’s not every day that you get to spend time with – as well as support – close friends. I truly appreciate Campus Ministry’s organization of this event of joy, spirituality, and quality time together.”
This experience reminded students of both the power of theatrical art and the camaraderie that community can create.
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