We “Phone Fasted” – Did u?
March 6, 2017
On Ash Wednesday, students participated in the Archdiocese of Hartford sponsored “I Phone Fast! Can u?” campaign. In preparation for Easter, students silenced their devices to help deepen their relationship with God. The concept was to direct attention away from cell phone usage, allowing God a chance to converse with one’s heart instead. Students will “phone fast” again on Good Friday.
“God speaks to us in unique and creative ways; we need to listen with care. By ‘phone fasting’ it becomes easier to listen,” shared Director of Campus Ministry Sr. Lany Jo Smith, ASCJ. “Fasting from cell phones is not a traditional Lenten observation. We added this choice to the more traditional disciplines…performing service, fasting from food, making donations, and praying,” Sister added.
The Academy was joined in the “phone fast” campaign by five other schools in the Archdiocese: East Catholic High School (Manchester); Holy Cross High School (Waterbury); Notre Dame High School (West Haven); Sacred Heart High School (Waterbury); and Saint Paul High School (Bristol). Students who took the challenge received special “I Phone Fast! Can u?” stickers.