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

Tuesday, August 4th

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 […]

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 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 […]

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 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 […]

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

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 […]

(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

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 […]

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 6ABC.com: http://6abc.com/education/students-surprise-catholic-teacher-who-won-natl-award/478335/ ###

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”

Tuesday, November 4th

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 […]

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

Tuesday, October 28th

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, […]

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 […]

 

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

Tuesday, October 14th

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 […]

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

Wednesday, October 1st

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 […]

Back to School Message 2014 from Chris Mominey

Tuesday, September 2nd

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.

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

Friday, August 29th

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: […]

Four Archdiocesan Elementary Schools Receive Donated “Sackpacks” From Office Depot Foundation

Tuesday, August 26th

The independent, non-profit, Office Depot Foundation donated approximately 400 sackpacks to Archdiocesan elementary schools as part of their National Backpack Program on Monday, August 25th. This year students from Our Lady of Port Richmond Regional Catholic School, Saint Athanasius Parish Elementary School, Saint Charles Borromeo Parish Elementary School and Holy Innocents Area Catholic Elementary School […]

Blog Post: Christopher Mominey, Secretary for Catholic Education, “Witnesses, Teachers and a New School Year”

Tuesday, August 26th

http://secretaryforeducation.wordpress.com/2014/08/25/witnesses-teachers-and-a-new-school-year/ “A good teacher is like a candle, consuming itself to light the way for others.” Author unknown   As I reflect on the gift of Catholic education during this start of the new school year, I am immediately brought back to my own memories of Catholic school.  Beginning at the age of five I […]

Eighth Grade Student at Saint Agnes Parish School in West Chester Receives School’s Journalism Award

Friday, June 27th

An eighth grade student at Saint Agnes Parish School in West Chester has been selected as his school’s annual “Tim Russert Award for Excellence in Journalism” recipient. Will Dolan was chosen in a blind selection process by a professional journalist from London for his piece, “St. Agnes Hits Record Number of Snow Days.” The piece […]

Twenty Archdiocese of Philadelphia parish and regional elementary schools, whose students and educators have ranked nationally in the First InMath® online program were recently honored during a local awards ceremony. The awards were presented by Dr. Robert Sun, Creator of First InMath® and Sister Edward William Quinn, IHM, Director of Elementary Curriculum, Instruction and Staff […]

 

SAINT JOHN THE BAPTIST SCHOOL TO BECOME A REGINA ACADEMY FOR THE 2014-2015 ACADEMIC YEAR

Tuesday, June 3rd

Saint John the Baptist Parish School in Ottsville (Bucks County) to become a Regina Academy School on July 1, 2014 On Monday, June 2, 2014, representatives from Saint John the Baptist Parish School in Ottsville (Bucks County), the Regina Academies and the Office of Catholic Education gathered for an announcement regarding a partnership between the […]

35th Annual Archdiocesan Academic Honors Convocation

Friday, May 23rd

On Tuesday, May 20, 2014, Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap. was the main celebrant during a Liturgy of the Word before the Academic Honors Convocation at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul to honor Archdiocesan and private Catholic high school seniors for their academic excellence. The students, who are ranked in the […]

Saint Francis de Sales School Finishes in First Place in the States of Pennsylvania in the “First in Math” Online Competition

Wednesday, May 21st

St. Francis de Sales School (“SFDS”) in Philadelphia has finished #1 in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia (for the 3rd year in a row), #1 in the State of Pennsylvania, and #4 in the Nation in the online Math Program First in Math® (“FIM”) for the 2013-2014 school year.  The contest begins August 1 and ends […]

ARCHDIOCESAN REGIONAL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL AND HIGH SCHOOL CELEBRATE CANONIZATION OF THEIR NAMESAKE

Monday, May 12th

Pope John Paul II Regional Catholic Elementary School in West Brandywine (Chester County) and Pope John Paul II High School in Royersford (Montgomery County) recently hosted events to celebrate the Canonization of their namesake Saint John Paul II as well as that of Saint John XXIII. Pope John Paul II Regional School held a Mass […]

Saint Joseph School (Chester County) Held a Fuel-up-for-Fitness Walk-a-thon

Friday, May 2nd

Saint Joseph Parish Elementary School  in Downingtown (Chester County) recently held its annual Fitness Day & Walk-a-thon to raise money to help fund the school’s technology initiative, and to raise awareness of the importance of a healthy lifestyle through physical activity and healthy eating.  The theme for this year’s walk was “Fuel-up-for-Fitness.” The students, faculty […]

Parishioners from Saint John Vianney Church Present Scholarship to Student from Our Lady of Port Richmond

Wednesday, April 16th

This week, Parishioners from Saint John Vianney Church in Gladwyne, Montgomery County, presented a $3,000 a year scholarship to a current eighth grade student from Our Lady of Port Richmond Regional Catholic School to attend any Archdiocesan High School for all four years.  This presentation was part of the Saint John Vianney Scholars Program. During […]

Five Archdiocesan Elementary Schools Participate in Fine Arts Festival

Wednesday, April 16th

Saint Anastasia Parish Elementary School in Newtown Square (Delaware County) recently hosted a Fine Arts Festival.    Students from five Archdiocesan elementary schools including Saint Anastasia, Saints Simon and Jude (Chester County), Saint Pius X (Delaware County), Saint Bernadette of Lourdes (Delaware County) and Saint Laurence (Delaware County) participated. During the Fine Arts Festival students displayed […]

Queen of Angels Regional Catholic School Teacher Honored with Local Award

Tuesday, April 8th

Queen of Angels Regional Catholic School (Montgomery County) fourth grade teacher, Mrs. Joan Schwarz, was recently awarded “The Voices of Inspiration Award for Teaching Excellence.” The award was established by Freedom Credit Union and the Montgomery County Intermediate Unit to recognize those teachers who exceed expectations in meeting their students’ needs. Mrs. Schwarz won the […]

Saint Anselm School (Philadelphia) Celebrates 50th Jubilee with Papal Blessing

Monday, March 17th

Saint Anselm School in Philadelphia recently celebrated its 50th Jubilee with a Papal blessing bestowed upon Saint Anselm School by Pope Francis. Father Thomas Dunleavy, Pastor of Saint Anselm is pictured reading the Papal Blessing to to the congregation while the blessing is held by Saint Anselm’s two longest-serving staff members, Mrs. Rita Fulginiti (secretary), […]

Mother of Providence Regional School Lesson Appears in Google Commercial During Oscar Telecast

Wednesday, March 5th

Mother of Providence Regional School in Wallingford (Delaware County) made its television debut during the Academy Awards this past Sunday night. Technology coordinator Preston Tyrrell did a sixth grade class lesson on how to use a green screen (video of full lesson:http://youtu.be/cOyla67NMHk) and Google picked part of his lesson to be used in a commercial which […]

Christopher Mominey, Secretary for Catholic Education: “Why Catholic Schools Week?”

Wednesday, January 29th

http://secretaryforeducation.wordpress.com/2014/01/26/why-catholic-schools-week/ This week marks a ritual for all of us working in the mission of Catholic education across the United States.  It is the national celebration of Catholic Schools Week that occurs just about this time each and every year.  And while each diocese and each school chooses to celebrate in different ways, it might […]

Saints Philip and James School (Chester County) Awarded Grant from Wells Fargo Community Partners Giving Program

Tuesday, December 17th

Exton, PA (West Whiteland Township) – SS. Philip and James School was pleased to be awarded a $1,000 grant from Wells Fargo’s Community Partners Giving Program. Wells Fargo’s Community Partners Giving Program is an annual program where each of its retail banking stores explores the needs of their local communities and selects a nonprofit organization […]

Mrs. Melissa Feilke, teacher at Queen of Angels School chosen as an NCEA National Distinguished Teacher

Wednesday, December 11th

Item was originally posted in the weekly Queen of Angels Regional School newsletter on December 5, 2013.  For more information visit:  http://www.qoaschool.org/ Mrs. Melissa Feilke, an eighth grade teacher at Queen of Angels Regional School (Montgomery County), was named an NCEA (National Catholic Education Association) Distinguished Teacher.  She will receive her award at the annual […]

On Oct. 7, 2013, Our Lady of Mount Carmel School (OLMC), a 2006 nationally recognized Blue Ribbon School, held its induction ceremony for 21 academically flourishing Seventh Grade Students who were welcomed into the Blessed Duns Scotus Chapter of the National Junior Honor Society (NJHS); a chapter of the NJHS that is characterized by the […]

 

Saint Andrew (Bucks County) and Saint Patrick (Chester County) Parish Elementary Schools selected as 2013 National Blue Ribbon Schools   Saint Andrew (Bucks County) and Saint Patrick (Chester County) Parish Elementary Schools were selected as part of the 2013 cohort of National Blue Ribbon Schools during an announcement made by United States Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, live […]

 

SAINT KATHERINE OF SIENA SCHOOL AWARDED $20,000 GRANT Recognized by the Healey Education Foundation for Advancement Successes   Saint Katherine of Siena School in Philadelphia was awarded a $20,000 grant by the Healey Education Foundation at the Celebration of Achievement event earlier this month. The foundation’s School Advancement Grants for Excellence (SAGE) recognize outstanding work […]