With the entire Bishop O'Dowd High School community gathered on the Quad, Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ, along with campus chaplain Father Gerald Pedrera, celebrated the school's Opening School Liturgy on Sept. 4. Prior to the start of the liturgy, the Campus Ministry Team performed a skit that focused on "Joy," an integral element in O'Dowd's Charism, and touched upon the messages of the school's One Book, One Community summer reading program selection, "Dear Bully." In his homily, Bishop Barber said that a Catholic high school doesn't simply prepare students for college — it prepares students for eternal life. At the conclusion of the liturgy, O'Dowd President Dr. Stephen Phelps announced the establishment of a scholarship named in Bishop Barber's honor. This four-year scholarship, worth $60,000, will be awarded to a deserving student from an Oakland Catholic elementary school.