Thursday, January 20th

Archbishop Nelson J. Pérez will visit Saint Monica Parish Elementary School in South Philadelphia. He will be joined by Reverend Joseph Kelley, Pastor, Saint Monica Parish; Deacon Leonard DeMasi, Saint Monica Parish; and Sister Melissa Mastrangelo, I.H.M., Principal, Saint Monica Parish Elementary School. Together, they will greet students upon arrival at the upper campus.

Andrew McLaughlin, Ed.D., Secretary for Elementary Education for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, and Sister Margaret Rose Adams, I.H.M., Assistant Superintendent for Elementary Education for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, as well as members of the school community will also be present. Social distancing and masking guidelines will be followed.

7:45 a.m.-10:00 a.m.
Thursday, January 27, 2022
Saint Monica School – Upper School
2500 South 16th Street

Philadelphia, PA 19145

Saint Monica School – Lower School
1720 West Ritner Street
Philadelphia, PA 19145

After greeting students upon their arrival, the Archbishop will lead everyone in prayer and offer brief remarks to members of the 8th grade class in the school’s gymnasium.

The Archbishop will then address members of the student body over the school’s public address system. The Archbishop will conclude his visit to the upper school by blessing students in their classrooms.

Following that gathering, Archbishop Pérez will visit Saint Monica’s Lower School Campus, which houses an Early Learning Center for 3 and 4 year old children as well as grades kindergarten to 2nd grade. The Archbishop will use the school’s public address system to lead everyone in prayer before blessing students in their classrooms there as well. 

Background information about Saint Monica Parish Elementary School

Located in the heart of South Philadelphia, Saint Monica’s provides a faith-based education, while integrating technology into student instruction. Critical thinking skills, creativity, and enthusiasm for learning are fostered in all students. A variety of teaching methods and strategies engage students to achieve their highest potential and compete in the global marketplace. 

In addition, the school offers educational opportunities for students in preschool-prekindergarten (ages 3-5), and kindergarten through eighth grade and after school programs.  

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