Students stood in a circle, bound together by one long yellow string as they waited for their turn.
When a microphone was passed down, young elementary school students tilted their heads back and listened as their peers led the school in prayer.
Tuesday morning, Holy Spirit Elementary and St. Lawrence Middle School students participated in the annual Kuemper tradition of the prayer of the living rosary.
Mike McCarty, a middle school theology teacher and kindergarten-through-eighth-grade campus minister at Kuemper Catholic School System, said the prayer of the living rosary is an event Kuemper has kept alive for many years now. It really took off when Roman Steffes, a Carroll developer, began working with students to show them the importance of being involved with prayer.
“Roman Steffes has done a great job mentoring kids,” McCarty said. “I give a lot of credit to Roman.”
McCarty said prayers like the living rosary and adoration are important types of worship to incorporate during Respect Life Month to teach students the value of not only respecting but promoting all forms of life.
“You call upon anybody and everybody in heaven to help us with our day-to-day living,” he said. “It’s great to know prayer can root us in our faith.”
What’s different and unique about the living rosary prayer is that everyone gets to participate. No one is left out, McCarty said.
“I think it’s important for our kids to be able to experience something different,” he said. “I really feel like if the kids are actively involved … they will get more out of things if they are asked to be a part of it.”