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Parishioners from Saint John Vianney Parish Present Scholarships to Archdiocesan Elementary School Students

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PARISHIONERS FROM SAINT JOHN VIANNEY PARISH PRESENT SCHOLARSHIPS TO ARCHDIOCESAN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL STUDENTS Parishioners from Saint John Vianney Parish in Gladwyne (Montgomery County) will present eight $3,000 a year scholarships to current eighth grade students from several parish, regional, and Independence Mission Schools in the City of Philadelphia to attend any Archdiocesan High School for […]

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Schools Throughout the Archdiocese of Philadelphia Celebrate Catholic Schools Week 2017

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SCHOOLS THROUGHOUT THE ARCHDIOCESE OF PHILADELPHIA CELEBRATE CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK The National Catholic Schools Week 2017 Theme: “Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service”    The Archdiocese of Philadelphia will join in the national observance of Catholic Schools Week January 29, 2017 – February 4, 2017. Catholic Schools Week is an annual celebration of […]

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Ten Archdiocesan Elementary Schools Compete and Mater Dei Catholic School Receives Two Awards During Philadelphia Region Future Cities Competition

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Mater Dei Catholic School’s “Future Cities” Team recently received the Fire Protection Engineering and the Innovative Transportation Concept awards at Future City Philadelphia Region! Congratulations to Mater Dei students and all ten of the Archdiocesan elementary schools whose students competed in the Future Cities – Philadelphia competition recently!  The ten Archdiocesan elementary schools that participated […]

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Archdiocese of Philadelphia School Students Participate in Community Service Activities to Honor Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Students at two Archdiocese of Philadelphia schools have acts of community service planned to mark this year’s celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (MLK).  In doing so, they will carry out several of the Corporal Works of Mercy. Elementary school students at Saint Andrew Catholic School in Newtown (Bucks County) will host a Day […]

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Inaugural Event Gives Students Opportunity to Design Official Christmas Card Cover for Archbishop Chaput

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This fall, Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap., along with the Auxiliary Bishops of Philadelphia and the Archdiocesan Office of Catholic Education (OCE) announced an inaugural “Christmas Card Design Event” in the 217 parishes, 17 high schools, 122 elementary schools, and 4 schools of special education in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. School administrators, teachers, Parish […]

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Four Archdiocese of Philadelphia Elementary Schools Named 2016 National Blue Ribbon Schools

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Holy Family Regional Catholic School in Phoenixville (Chester County), Saint Genevieve School in Flourtown (Montgomery County), Saint Mary Interparochial in Philadelphia, and  Saint Philip Neri in Lafayette Hill (Montgomery County) were selected as part of the 2016 cohort of National Blue Ribbon Schools in an announcement made by United States Secretary of Education, John B. King, […]

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Resurrection Regional Catholic School Faculty Members Highlighted in Story via Northeast Times

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The Northeast Times newspaper recently profiled six teachers at Resurrection Regional Catholic School in Northeast Philadelphia, almost 1/4th of the faculty, who have come full circle and returned to teach at the regional school formed in 2012, after having graduated from the former Re­sur­rec­tion of Our Lord and Our Lady of Ransom Parish Schools. Read the […]

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Schools Throughout the Archdiocese Celebrate Mercy Week in Honor of the One Year Anniversary of Pope Francis’ Visit to Philadelphia

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Schools in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia will commemorate the first anniversary of the visit of Pope Francis during the World Meeting of Families-Philadelphia 2015 with a celebration of the Year of Mercy called for by the Holy Father. The various components of this celebration are a positive response to the challenge Pope Francis issued in […]

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Nearly 400 Students Gather in Front of the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul to Kick-Off the 2016-2017 School Year in the Archdiocese with Prayer and a Pep Rally

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Today, nearly 400 students gathered on the steps of the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul to celebrate the beginning of the 2016-2017 school year in the five-county Archdiocese of Philadelphia. The celebration signaled the opening of the 233rd consecutive year for Catholic education in the region. The several hundred students in attendance represented […]

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Office of Catholic Education Announces Appointment of Field Coordinator for Hispanic Outreach

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Today, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia’s Office of Catholic Education (OCE) announced that Ms. Nancy L. Sanchez has been named to the newly created position in OCE as Field Coordinator for Hispanic Outreach effective June 6, 2016. Mr. Christopher Mominey, Chief Operating Officer and Secretary for Catholic Education said, “We are thrilled to announce the hiring […]

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Saint Basil the Great CYO Team to Compete in International Odyssey of the Mind World Championship

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The Saint Basil CYO Team is the only Catholic elementary school team in the State of Pennsylvania to advance to the World Championship this year A team of seven students from grades 6 through 8 at Holy Family Regional School in Phoenixville, are set to compete in an educational World Finals competition, called “Odyssey of […]

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Drexel Neumann Academy Principal Receives Award from National Catholic Education Association

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Sister Cathy McGowan, SSJ, principal of Drexel Neumann Academy (DNA) was named by the National Catholic Education Association (NCEA) to be one of its recipients of the “Leadership. Learn. Inspire” Award.  This national award is presented to educators who have made outstanding efforts, contributions, and achievements on behalf of Catholic school education.  Sister Cathy is […]

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Over 500 Students to Participate in Annual “Concert of Excellence” at the Kimmel Center

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Over 500 music students from schools throughout the Archdiocese of Philadelphia will perform during the annual “Reverend Monsignor Louis D’Addezio Concert of Excellence” in Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts on Tuesday, March 22, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. The “Concert of Excellence” will feature pieces performed by students from the Archdiocesan […]

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Transitional Plan Announced for Saint Francis De Sales Parish School in Lenni (Delaware County) Effective with 2016-2017 School Year

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Developed by parish leadership in conjunction the Delaware County Advisory Council, the Office of Catholic Education, and neighboring parishes, the plan seeks to provide affordable and viable educational options for current parish school students. Background Regarding Today’s Announcement Today, Reverend Alan J. Okon, Pastor of Saint Francis de Sales Parish (SFDS) in Lenni, Delaware County, […]

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Saints Colman-John Neumann Catholic School Builds Unmanned Gliders with a Boeing Engineer

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In celebration of National Engineers Week (E-Week), Saints Colman-John Neumann (SCJN) students in grades five through eight recently learned about careers in engineering and were guided by a Boeing engineer in building their own unmanned glider. On Feb. 16, a Boeing engineer visited SCJN as part of Boeing’s annual E-Week program. Students in grades five […]

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37 Eighth Grade Students Named 2016 Neumann Scholars to Attend Archdiocesan High Schools in the Fall

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2016 marks the 21st year Neumann Scholarships have been sponsored by the Connelly Foundation The Archdiocese of Philadelphia Office of Catholic Education is proud to announce that 37 current eighth grade students are this year’s recipients of the Neumann Scholarship sponsored by the Connelly Foundation. The scholarship is an annual initiative, which honors the founder […]

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Three Archdiocesan Elementary Schools Recognized at the Annual Keystone Awards Ceremony

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On Sunday, December 9th the annual Keystone Awards Ceremony were held in Hershey, PA. Sponsored by the Department of Education of the State of PA, the ceremony recognized the “Milliken Teacher of the Year,” as well as, the “Blue Ribbon Schools” of the state. At the awards administrators from the three 2015 Blue Ribbon Archdiocesan […]

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Saints Simon and Jude Teacher Inducted into Chester County Hall of Fame, Class of 2015

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SS. Simon and Jude 8th grade teacher, Jackie Dryfoos was recently inducted into the Chester County Hall of Fame, Class of 2015. She was honored at the Gala sponsored by the Foundation for Catholic Education supporting Chester County on Friday, November 6th at Bishop Shanahan High School. Mrs. Dryfoos was one of two teachers in […]

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Saint Agnes Catholic School Receives National Blue Ribbon School Award

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Washington, D.C.: On November 10, principal Sr. Joan Felicia and other administrators and faculty represented Saint Agnes Catholic School (Chester County) at the 2015 National Blue Ribbon School Program (NBRSP) Award Ceremony at the historic Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C. One of only 122 private elementary schools in the nation to be recognized this […]

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Saint Katharine Drexel Regional Catholic School Honors Late Pastor With Blessing and Dedication of Pre-K Center

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Saint Katharine Drexel Regional Catholic School will hold a blessing and dedication of its new Pre-K Center in honor of Reverend William F. McGeown, late Pastor of Assumption B.V.M. Parish in Feasterville, on Friday, November 6, 2015. Well over 400 students, faculty, staff, parishioners and members of Rev. McGeown’s family are expected to attend the […]

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Three Archdiocesan Elementary Schools Named National Blue Ribbon Schools

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Our Mother of Consolation in Chestnut Hill, Saint Agnes (Chester County) and Saint Norbert (Chester County) Parish Elementary Schools selected as 2015 National Blue Ribbon Schools Our Mother of Consolation Parish School (OMC) in the Chestnut Hill section of Northwest Philadelphia, Saint Agnes School in West Chester (Chester County) and Saint Norbert Catholic School in […]

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Pennsylvania Catholic Conference: Show Your Support for the Successful EITC and OSTC Programs

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Article via Pennsylvania Catholic Conference:  http://www.pacatholic.org/show-your-support-for-the-successful-eitc-and-ostc-programs/ Both the Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) and the Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit (OSTC) programs are funded by companies that contribute to our scholarship organizations in exchange for a tax credit. The longstanding EITC program has helped countless students attend our Catholic schools every year. EITC tax credits are […]

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Two Scholarships Awarded to Saints Philip and James School Students

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Exton, PA (West Whiteland Township)—Two Saints Philip and James School students were awarded partial scholarships for the upcoming academic year. The scholarships were given through the generosity of a local business and in memory of a late longtime substitute teacher. Kirsten Ward, who will be entering 6th grade, was awarded a partial scholarship for her […]

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26 Archdiocesan Elementary Schools and Students Nationally Recognized During First in Math® Award Ceremony

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Twenty-six Archdiocese of Philadelphia parish and regional elementary schools, whose students and educators have ranked nationally in the First In Math® online program were honored during a local awards ceremony. The awards were presented by Sister Edward William Quinn, IHM, Director of Elementary Curriculum, Instruction and Staff Development for the Office of Catholic Education. The […]

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Office of Catholic Education Announces New Superintendent of Elementary Schools

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The Archdiocese of Philadelphia’s Office of Catholic Education announces that Mrs. Debra Brillante has been named the Superintendent of Elementary Schools effective immediately. For the past six months she served in that position on an interim basis. Mrs. Brillante was chosen to lead the Archdiocese’s 122 elementary schools through an extensive search process led by […]

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Saint Agnes School (Chester County) Students Sew Pillowcases for ConKerr Cancer

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West Chester, PA: The seventh grade students of Saint Agnes School (Chester County) worked together making pillowcases for ConKerr Cancer, whose mission is to give “sick kids a reason to smile…one pillowcase at a time.” The organization was started in 2002 when founder Cindy Kerr’s son was diagnosed with cancer. This is the fourth year […]

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Queen of Angels Regional School, Kindergarten Teacher Named “PA Early Education Teacher of the Year in Private Education” by PA CAPE

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Congratulations to Mrs. Patricia Crossley, Queen of Angels Regional School http://www.qoaschool.org/ (Montgomery County) Kindergarten teacher, who was recently named the 2015 PA Early Education Teacher of the Year in Private Education. She will be honored in a ceremony in Harrisburg at the state capital on Wednesday, May 6, 2015 at noon. The award is sponsored […]

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Archdiocesan Elementary Schools Participate in 3rd Annual Arts Festivals

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Elementary Schools throughout the Archdiocese of Philadelphia have prepared to showcase their talent and creativity this spring at Arts Festivals held in the five county region. They are sponsored by the Office of Catholic Education. During the Arts Festivals, students will display works reflective of the Archdiocesan K-8 art curriculum. Additionally, students will demonstrate talents […]

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Cardinal John Foley Regional Catholic School (Delaware County) 8th Grader to Compete in Scripps National Spelling Bee in May 2015

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On Saturday, February 21, the Delaware County Scripps Spelling Bee was held at the Delaware County Intermediate Unit (DCIU), in Morton. This was the sixth annual Spirit/Scripp Delaware County Spelling Bee in which contestants from various Delaware County school districts compete. Aidan, an 8th grade student, from Cardinal John Foley Regional Catholic School took first […]

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25 Archdiocesan Parish and Regional Schools in City of Philadelphia “High Performing”

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Based on statistics from the Philadelphia School Partnership via GreatPhillySchools.com 81% of Parish and Regional Schools in the City of Philadelphia are designated “High Performing” The Archdiocese of Philadelphia’s 122 elementary schools, 17 high schools and four schools of special education recently celebrated National Catholic Schools Week which took place January 25, 2015 – January […]

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St. Norbert School Select Choir Performs National Anthem Before Villanova University vs. Georgetown University Men’s Basketball Game

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Congratulations to the St. Norbert School (Chester County) Select Choir from Paoli who performed the National Anthem at the Villanova University vs. Georgetown University Men’s Basketball game on Saturday, February 7th. The students were honored to be the first Catholic elementary school asked to perform on the floor of the Wells Fargo Center. Mrs. Ceil […]

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(Blog Post – Catholic Schools Week) Mr. Chris Mominey, Secretary for Catholic Education: “A Tale of Two Sisters”

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https://secretaryforeducation.wordpress.com/2015/02/03/a-tale-of-two-sisters/ In the mid 1950’s it is said that there were over 300,000 students in Catholic schools across the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.  And while the schools seemed to be healthy, there was an enrollment drop at John W. Hallahan Catholic Girls’ High School. The loss, at least on paper, was two girls.  But in the […]

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(Photo Album) Archdiocese of Philadelphia Catholic Schools Week 2015

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National Catholic Schools Week 2015 was celebrated throughout the 122 elementary, 17 high schools and 4 schools of special education in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia from January 25th through January 31st. This year’s theme was “Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service.” The following is a collection of photos submitted or shared via social […]

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(Blog — Catholic Schools Week 2015) Chris Mominey, Secretary for Catholic Education: “From Hospice to Hope: Equipping Saints for Life In This World and the Next”

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https://secretaryforeducation.wordpress.com/2015/01/23/from-hospice-to-hope-equipping-saints-for-life-in-this-world-and-the-next/ From Hospice to Hope: Equipping Saints for Life in This World and The Next In September of 2010, one of the biggest supporters and cheerleaders for Catholic education in the nation, Timothy Cardinal Dolan, published what I considered at the time to be a call to action for Catholic school leaders.  In his article entitled […]

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Archdiocese of Philadelphia Elementary and High School Students Participate in Annual “March for Life” in Washington, D.C.

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On Thursday, January 22, 2015, the 42nd Anniversary of Roe v. Wade students, faculty and staff from schools throughout the Archdiocese of Philadelphia participated in the annual “March for Life” in Washington, D.C. The March for Life activities began with an Opening Mass at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception on Wednesday, January 21, […]

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Mrs. Beth Anne Gallagher, Teacher at Saint Dorothy School (Delaware County), Named Recipient of the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) Distinguished Teacher Award

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Recently students, faculty and staff at Saint Dorothy School in Drexel Hill (Delaware County) celebrated Mrs. Beth Anne Gallagher as the recipient of the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) Distinguished Teacher Award. For more information check out the link below to a story via 6ABC.com: http://6abc.com/education/students-surprise-catholic-teacher-who-won-natl-award/478335/ ###

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Our Lady of Angels Regional School Holds Food Drive in Memory of Parish Deacon

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Our Lady of Angels Regional School in Morton (Delaware County) has been collecting non-perishable food items as a service project since mid-November. On Thursday, December 4th, The school donated the items to Camp Out for Hunger, sponsored by 93.3 WMMR, in memory of Deacon David N. Fosbenner. Our Lady of Angels student council members assisted […]

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Blessed Trinity Regional Catholic School Holds Blessing of New Science Lab

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On Monday, November 17th Blessed Trinity Regional Catholic School in the Mayfair section of Philadelphia held a blessing of their new state-of-the-art LabLearner science lab, which opened at the start of the 2014-2015 academic year. Bishop Michael J. Fitzgerald, who oversees Catholic education in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, presided over the blessing. The LabLearner science […]

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Statement of Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap. Regarding Pope Francis’ Announcement That He Will Attend the World Meeting of Families—Philadelphia 2015

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Dear Friends, Today is one of great joy for our Archdiocese, our City, our Commonwealth and our country! It was a privilege to be in the presence of our Holy Father this morning in Rome when he announced to the world that he will be with us in Philadelphia next year for the World Meeting […]

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Pope Francis Will Attend the World Meeting of Families—Philadelphia 2015

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The Vatican confirms the Holy Father’s visit to Philadelphia next year Rome, Italy (November 17,2014) – In remarks offered today in Rome, Pope Francis formally announced his intention to attend the World Meeting of Families – Philadelphia 2015, set to be held September 22-27, 2015. This visit will mark his first to the United States […]

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World Meeting of Families – Philadelphia 2015 to Send 10,000 Letters from Archdiocesan Students to Pope Francis; The Office of Catholic Education Announces Special Schedule and Curriculum Plans for Global Event

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Philadelphia, PA (November 14,2014)– The World Meeting of Families – Philadelphia 2015 today packaged 10,000 letters from students across the Archdiocese of Philadelphia to send to Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, President of the Pontifical Council for the Family, in Rome, Italy. Ranging from beautifully crafted greeting cards to handwritten letters with emotionally resonant messages of love […]

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Archdiocesan Students Help Fight Hunger with Fall “PB&J” Drives

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Recently, Nutritional Development Services (NDS) of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia celebrated the successful completion of its 2014 Peanut Butter and Jelly Drive in conjunction with Archdiocesan schools and various outreach programs.  NDS recognized students from Saint Monica School for their participation and continued support of the NDS PB&J drive.  Saint Monica represented over 55 schools […]

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Archbishop Charles J. Chaput Issues Pastoral Letter on Catholic Education and Faith Formation

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On October 31, 2014, Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap. gathered over 3,500 Catholic school educators from the Archdiocese of Philadelphia’s 122 elementary schools, 17 high schools and four schools of special education as well as private Catholic and Independence Mission Schools (IMS) at the first “Archbishop’s Day for Teachers and Administrators” at the Pennsylvania […]

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Blog Post: Christopher Mominey, Chief Operating Officer and Secretary for Catholic Education: “Address to Educators in The Archdiocese of Philadelphia”

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http://secretaryforeducation.wordpress.com/2014/11/03/address-to-educators-in-the-archdiocese-of-philadelphia/ MY BLOG IS UNSUALLY LONG THIS TIME AROUND.  ONLY BECAUSE I WISH TO SHARE MY REFLECTIONS DELIVERED ON FRIDAY, OCTOBER 31ST TO OUR 3,500 TEACHERS AND ADMINISTRATORS WHO WERE GATHERED AT THE PENNSYLVANIA CONVENTION CENTER.  Our Mission, Our Vision, Our Virtues On this eve of All Saints Day I wish to greet you in […]

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Saint Agnes School Newspaper, “The St. Agnes Scoop,” Wins 7th Straight “Superior” Rating

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The Saint Agnes School (Chester County) newspaper, The St. Agnes Scoop, has once again won a national rating of Superior from the National Elementary Schools Press Association (NESPA). This is the highest rating that NESPA awards, and it is the 7th straight year that the Scoop has earned this recognition. In a note of congratulations, […]

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Over 3,500 Catholic School Educators to Attend Archbishop’s Day for Teachers and Administrators

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On October 31st, Over 3,500 Catholic school educators including approximately 2,600 teachers and administrators from the Archdiocese of Philadelphia’s 122 elementary schools, 17 high schools and four schools of special education will attend the first “Archbishop’s Day for Teachers and Administrators.” Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap. will be the presider and homilist during the […]

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Mother Teresa Regional Catholic School Prays the Living World Mission Rosary in Celebration of October, the Month of the Rosary

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October is the month of the rosary and also Mission awareness month.  To celebrate, the Living World Mission Rosary was prayed on Monday, October 13th at Mother Teresa Regional Catholic School in King of Prussia (Montgomery County).  Sister Lisa spoke to Mother Teresa Regional students about her work as a missionary.  All Mother Teresa Regional […]

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Saint Norbert Parish Elementary School Raises $1,414.47 During “Nickels to Knock Out Childhood Cancer” Fundraiser

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Last Friday, Saint Norbert Parish Elementary School in Paoli (Chester County) hosted a “Nickels to Knock Out Childhood Cancer” school-wide fundraiser. The event was held on, “National Dress 4 Pediatric Cancer Day.” Students in Pre-k through 8th grades wore yellow shirts to school and came together in the school gymnasium for the fundraiser. Students were […]

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Back to School Message 2014 from Chris Mominey

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Christopher Moniney, Secretary for Catholic Education in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, addresses everyone involved in Catholic schools at the start of the new school year.

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Teachers at Two Parish Elementary Schools Learned to “Teach Like a Pirate” This Summer

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This Summer, teachers at Saint Bernadette Parish School in Drexel Hill (Delaware County) and Saint Patrick Parish School in Malvern (Chester County) continued learning and professional development in a unique and collaborative way. Teachers at both schools read the book, Teach Like a Pirate, by Dave Burgess. The book highlights embracing your inner pirate through: […]

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