On September 15, 2013, the students and staff of St. James School were commissioned during the 9:00am Mass at Saint Mark’s Church (1625 Locust Street in Philadelphia). The Reverend Sean Mullen — Rector of Saint Mark’s and Chair of the Board of Directors of St. James School — led the commissioning. Father Mullen and Saint Mark’s parishioners founded our school in 2011 after a lengthy period of hard work and determination. Many of the school’s advisory board members, board members and volunteers are members of the parish. Father Mullen invited students, staff, and board members of Saint James School to the front of the church, where he said prayers and offered a blessing on the school’s work. Students and other guests enjoyed a festive refreshment hour hosted by St. Mark’s Church at the end of Mass.