BG seniors learn religious history

Since 1998, BG’s senior classes have traveled to Boston as part of their Christian Living course.

This year’s trip took place on April 28, when the Class of 2016 learned about different sites from a religious standpoint.

They visited the Holocaust Memorial, the Irish Famine Memorial, Old City Hall, the Granary Cemetery, Boston Common, and the African Meeting House.

At these landmarks, they covered topics like racial oppression and religious persecution.

"Christian Living class is all about how we live out our daily lives – balancing family, work, friends and the greater human community," said religion teacher Robert Hawking, the trip coordinator.

"During the Boston trip, we introduce students to people who had to work out real conflicts … We hope to drive home the point that faith is local and personal," he said.

As the students made their way around the city, accompanied by their group chaperones, they met up with parent and teacher docents at their destinations, who shared the history of the sites.

One innovation that has been added in recent years is the use of social media to answer questions about the places the seniors visited.

All of the students created Twitter accounts for the day, individually or in pairs, and posted their responses to the BG Christian Living page. Religion teacher Alison Cloutier served as the "Tweet Master" to monitor the page.

"We learned much about our Catholic history from a local standpoint, saw remarkable sights, and had a really great time overall," said senior Ben Gambuzza.

Holly Boivin is a sophomore at Bishop Guertin High School in Nashua.