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Friday, October 28, 2016
Mother sees scholarships as ‘grace from God’
Every morning at 3:15 a.m., Juliette Randolph’s alarm goes off. She wakes up, watches the news, and gets ready, before waking up her three children, Jalen, Ava, and Briah, and helping them prepare for school.
Cardinal Hickey Academy dedicates a week to honoring its founder
During the week of Oct. 10, Cardinal Hickey Academy in Owings honored its founder, the former archbishop of Washington who would have turned 96 on Oct. 11, during their first annual “Cardinal Hickey Week,” which included several events to honor his legacy.
Religion class at Annunciation School inspired student Lucious Crawford to be baptized
Lucious Crawford said he decided that he wanted to be baptized as soon as his second grade teacher started teaching religion. Now Lucious is in the fifth grade, and on Sept. 30, he was baptized in front of the entire community of Annunciation Catholic School in Washington during their weekly school Mass.
Holy Trinity School in Washington earns national Blue Ribbon honor
As Charlie Hennessy, the principal of Holy Trinity School in Washington, walked through the halls on Sept. 29, many students stopped to say “Hi Mr. Hennessy!” and he likewise greeted each student by name. Some students stopped to give him a hug or a high five, and one student pointed enthusiastically at the blue ribbon he had pinned on his shirt as a reminder that the day before, the school was named a Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education.
Our Lady of Victory is Blue Ribbon School for the second time
When Our Lady of Victory School in Washington was named a Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education on Sept. 28, the school celebrated with a prayer service with Washington Auxiliary Bishop Mario Dorsonville.
A Blue Ribbon for St. Patrick’s School in Rockville
As the students of St. Patrick’s Catholic School in Rockville left at the end of the day on Sept. 28, their blue smiling lips were a sign of the celebration that had just occurred – St. Patrick’s had just been named a Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education.
True Blue: St. Pius X Regional School in Bowie named National Blue Ribbon School
Now the hallways seem smaller than they did when he was a student, Washington Auxiliary Bishop Barry Knestout said as he visited his alma mater, St. Pius X Regional School in Bowie, Maryland, on Sept. 28.
Four Catholic schools in Archdiocese of Washington receive Blue Ribbon honor
Four Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Washington were recognized Sept. 28 by the U.S. Department of Education as National Blue Ribbon Schools in recognition of their academic achievement as America’s most successful schools. The four schools are:
‘A moment that I know I’ll remember forever’
Every time Pope Francis left or returned to his residence at the Apostolic Nunciature during his Sept. 22-24, 2015 visit to Washington, he was greeted by young, smiling, and adoring faces from Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Washington.
Cardinal encourages CUA students to manifest ‘our faith alive’ on campus
At the Mass opening the school year at The Catholic University of America, Cardinal Donald Wuerl encouraged students and faculty gathered in the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception to make visible the faith of the university through the way they live their lives. Archbishop Christophe Pierre, the apostolic nuncio to the United States, was a concelebrant of the Sept. 8 Mass of the Holy Spirit.
Katie Ledecky visits Stone Ridge and Little Flower before heading to Stanford
In between her busy schedule of buying bedding for her dorm, throwing out the first pitch at Nationals Park, and meeting Bruce Springsteen backstage, Olympic gold medal swimmer Katie Ledecky made time to return to her two alma maters in the Archdiocese of Washington – Little Flower School and Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart in Bethesda.
Maria Bovich named Archdiocese of Washington’s 2016 Distinguished Principal of the Year
At the opening of school Mass for Holy Redeemer School in College Park on Sept. 7, the school’s principal, Maria Bovich, sat in the front of the church, with rows of students and, unbeknownst to her, her children and grandchildren seated behind her, waiting to see her be surprised with the Archdiocese of Washington’s 2016 Distinguished Principal of the Year Award.
When Catholic schools offer inclusion programs, teachers and parents say all students benefit
When Our Lady of Mercy School in Potomac began their inclusion program in 1993, it had only one student, and one teacher who was hired specifically to serve that child’s needs. According to Eileen Grams, the current director of the school’s Inclusion Program, it was the first program in the Archdiocese of Washington to offer students with special needs an alternate curriculum.
Maryland’s BOOST program awards nearly $5 million in scholarships to low-income students
The Broadening Options and Opportunities for Students Today (BOOST) Scholarship Program has awarded nearly $5 million to the inaugural group of scholarship recipients for the 2016-2017 school year for students to attend an eligible nonpublic school in the state of Maryland.
Works of Mercy, Year of Mercy
In his announcement of the Jubilee Year of Mercy, Pope Francis said, “We want to live in the light of the word of the Lord,” quoting the Gospel of Luke when Jesus told his disciples, “Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful.”
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