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Students and teachers highlight academics and fine arts in parochial elementary schools during “Showcase of Excellence,” which this year will be held at six satellite locations During the months of March and April, over 65 Parochial and Private Catholic elementary, Independence Mission Schools, and Schools of Special Education throughout the Archdiocese of Philadelphia will participate […]


Seven Local Catholic Schools Participate in Junior Flower Shows

Thursday, March 16th

During January, February, and early March, six Parochial elementary schools and one Archdiocesan high school held a “Junior Flower Show” at their school and welcomed judges from the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS) as part of its free program for area students. Participating schools include:  Little Flower Catholic High School for Girls, Saint Agnes Catholic School […]

Archdiocesan high schools and parochial elementary schools in the City of Philadelphia will be closed tomorrow, Tuesday, March 14, 2017 due to the projected inclement weather. Archdiocesan high schools and parochial elementary schools in the suburban counties normally follow the decision of their corresponding local public school district and submit closure status independently. ###


Our Lady of Calvary Elementary School ( Northeast Philadelphia has a group of young ladies named the, “Soaring Six.” This group is comprised of eighth grade girls who are now preparing for the nation’s premiere rocketry contest, the Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC). The competition is expected to feature more than 800 teams of secondary […]


Holy Trinity Catholic School and Saint Lucy Day School for Children with Visual Impairments Share Lesson in Braille

Thursday, February 23rd

HOLY TRINITY CATHOLIC SCHOOL AND SAINT LUCY DAY SCHOOL FOR CHILDREN WITH VISUAL IMPAIRMENTS SHARE LESSON IN BRAILLE Holy Trinity Catholic Elementary School 7th and 8th grade students recently completed a unit of study on the life of Louis Braille, the 19th Century Frenchman who was best known as the creator of the Braille alphabet […]

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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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

Tuesday, December 6th

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 […]

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

Friday, September 30th

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, […]

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 […]


2016-17 Back-to-school Event

Friday, September 30th

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 […]


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

Tuesday, September 13th

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 […]

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

Thursday, June 2nd

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 […]

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

Tuesday, May 17th

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 […]

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 […]


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 […]


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, […]


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 […]


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 […]


Three Archdiocesan Elementary Schools Recognized at the Annual Keystone Awards Ceremony

Tuesday, December 15th

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 […]

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

Wednesday, December 2nd

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 […]

Saint Agnes Catholic School Receives National Blue Ribbon School Award

Thursday, November 12th

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 […]

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

Thursday, November 5th

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 […]

Three Archdiocesan Elementary Schools Named National Blue Ribbon Schools

Thursday, October 1st

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 […]

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

Tuesday, August 4th

Article via Pennsylvania Catholic Conference: 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 […]

Two Scholarships Awarded to Saints Philip and James School Students

Tuesday, June 16th

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 […]

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

Wednesday, June 10th

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 […]

Office of Catholic Education Announces New Superintendent of Elementary Schools

Wednesday, May 20th

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 […]

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

Thursday, April 30th

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 […]

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

Saturday, April 25th

Congratulations to Mrs. Patricia Crossley, Queen of Angels Regional School (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 […]

Archdiocesan Elementary Schools Participate in 3rd Annual Arts Festivals

Friday, April 17th

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 […]

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

Monday, March 30th

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 […]

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

Monday, March 2nd

Based on statistics from the Philadelphia School Partnership via 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 […]

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

Thursday, February 12th

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 […]

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

Wednesday, February 4th 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 […]

(Photo Album) Archdiocese of Philadelphia Catholic Schools Week 2015

Wednesday, February 4th

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 […]

(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”

Monday, January 26th 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 […]

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

Saturday, January 24th

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, […]

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

Wednesday, January 21st

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 ###

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

Tuesday, December 9th

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 […]

Blessed Trinity Regional Catholic School Holds Blessing of New Science Lab

Monday, November 24th

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 […]

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 […]


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

Monday, November 17th

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 […]

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

Saturday, November 15th

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 […]

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

Friday, November 7th

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 […]

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

Tuesday, November 4th

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 […]

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