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Tuesday, September 27, 2016
‘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.”
After visiting Catholic schools, superintendent’s goals include strategic planning
When Bill Ryan assumed his post as superintendent of schools for the Archdiocese of Washington on July 1, 2015, he set an ambitious goal for himself: to visit every archdiocesan school within his first year on the job.
Campus ministry provides a home away from home for Catholic students at college
When Angela Fragale decided to attend The Catholic University of America for college, “it had nothing to do with faith,” she said. She decided to attend because she liked the business school, and she would go on to study international business.
Eight new principals to lead area Catholic schools this fall
When the doors open for the 2016 school year, seven Archdiocese of Washington Catholic elementary schools and one independent Catholic elementary school in the archdiocese will be led by new principals.
Faith is source of strength for wrestling champion
Kyle Snyder’s knack for making history began during his junior year of high school, when he helped win the first-ever state championship for the wrestling team of Our Lady of Good Counsel in Olney.
Olympic gold medalist Katie Ledecky says her Catholic faith helps her ‘put things in perspective’
Four years ago, Katie Ledecky burst onto the Olympic stage when she was just 15 years old, winning a gold medal in the women’s 800-meter freestyle.
Burnford to lead national association for Catholic education
The National Catholic Educational Association announced that Thomas Burnford, the Archdiocese of Washington’s Secretary for Education, has been appointed as the NCEA’s new President and CEO, effective Aug. 8.
Pallotti graduate and volunteer finds joy in faith and serving others
Samantha Durnbaugh, a 2016 graduate of St. Vincent Pallotti High School in Laurel, learned a lot about joy when she baked cupcakes and threw a dance party for the disabled people she volunteered to help.
BOOST scholarship program now accepting applications for fall
The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) has posted on line the application to apply for a new scholarship program designed to help income eligible students attend nonpublic schools.
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