Birmingham bishop visits Sacred Heart School

Pictured with Bishop Raica are second-grade students (from left) Krislyn Contreras, Logan Moody, Symphiney Crawford, Ryan Keough, Jonlyn Gibbs, Wyatt Cron, Lily Kerber, Long Lam, Jackson Ruehl, Valeria Becerra and teacher Jenny Grey. (Photo courtesy of Barbara Ragsdale)

CULLMAN, Ala. – Bishop Steven Raica of the Birmingham Diocese visited Sacred Heart School this week. He visited all grades, K-3 through sixth, sharing his journey from his own Catholic school education through his last assignment as bishop in Michigan. He noted he did not miss all the snow up there on a day when a few snow flurries appeared in Cullman.

This particular visit coincided with the celebration of national Catholic Schools Week. Sacred Heart students welcomed their bishop with banners, artwork and a special framed picture of Jesus with His flock of sheep. Surrounding the picture are images of kindergarten students from the school. Before leaving each classroom Bishop Raica blessed the teachers and students and complimented them on their special school.

Raica was appointed to the Birmingham post, his first in the South, in March 2020 by Pope Francis after serving as bishop of Gaylord, Michigan since 2014. As bishop of the Birmingham diocese, he oversees all of north Alabama’s Catholic churches and schools, and has stated a goal of visiting all 52 Catholic schools in the diocese and their students.

Sacred Heart School was founded in 1878 and has been a source of Catholic Christian education to the children of north Alabama for more than 140 years. Enrollment is open to everyone. For more information, visit

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