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Auxiliary Bishop Michael Fitzgerald, who oversees Catholic education throughout the five-county Archdiocese of Philadelphia, will join senior administrators from the Office of Catholic Education to honor 43 parish and regional elementary schools named 2019 Archdiocesan Schools of Distinction. Friday, September 13, 2019 4:00 p.m. Archdiocesan Pastoral Center (Auditorium) 222 North 17th Street Philadelphia, PA 19103 […]

 

[Chestnut Hill, PA, March 20, 2019—] The Archdiocesan Educational Fund (archedfund.org) awarded Our Mother of Consolation Parish School (OMC) a grant in the amount of $25,700 for the 2019-20 academic year. The funded program will support the school’s new, innovative Rosetta Stone Language Program.   Matthew H. McCloskey, Jr. (1893-1973), building contractor and U.S. Ambassador to […]

 

Students and teachers highlight academics and fine arts in Catholic schools during “Showcase of Excellence,” which this year will be held at Archdiocesan high schools five satellite locations in Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia Counties During the month of April, over 50 parochial and private Catholic elementary schools and Archdiocesan High Schools throughout the five-county […]

 

On Friday, February 1st, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia held the keystone event of its annual Catholic Schools Week celebration with a day-long community service initiative, “From Generation to Generation—Sharing Our Faith Through Service to Others.”  Bishop Michael J. Fitzgerald, who oversees Catholic Education in the Archdiocese, was joined by senior administrators in the Office of […]

 

Mrs. Egan is among only 11 principals to receive this award nationally in 2018 and the first in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia since the inception of the award Mrs. Margaret Egan, Principal of Saints Peter and Paul Catholic School in West Chester (Chester County), was announced by United States Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos as […]

 

Today, students gathered in the atrium at the National Shrine of Saint John Neumann to celebrate the beginning of the 2018-2019 school year in the five-county Archdiocese of Philadelphia. The celebration signaled the opening of the 235th consecutive year for Catholic education in the region. Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap. was joined by Bishop […]

 

Through new planning initiatives, development of Boards of Limited Jurisdiction, financial support, and enhancement of curricular offerings Sacred Heart and Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Elementary Schools will remain open and look to increase enrollment. Contextual Background In 2017, the Southern Chester County Steering Committee (SCCSC) was formed to examine the best way to […]

 

The fire which severely damaged Our Lady of Angels School in Morton (OLA) last night is a moment of deep sadness for parish and school families as well as the Catholic community at large in the region. At this time, senior administrators from the Office of Catholic Education are meeting with school and parish leadership. […]

 

Three schools are ranked in the top ten nationally; all are ranked in the top 100 in the State of Pennsylvania; and the top student in the nation hails from Our Lady of Calvary School Students and educators from 19 parish and regional Catholic elementary schools in the Archdiocese who have ranked nationally or statewide […]

 

Archdiocesan high schools and parochial elementary schools in the City of Philadelphia will open on a two hour delay tomorrow, Thursday, March 22, 2018. 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. ###  

 

Due to impending inclement weather as forecasted by the National Weather Service, Archdiocesan high schools and parochial elementary schools in the City of Philadelphia will be closed tomorrow, Wednesday, March 21, 2018. Archdiocesan high schools and parochial elementary schools in the suburban counties normally follow the decision of their corresponding local public school district and […]

 

UPDATED Archdiocesan high schools and parochial elementary schools in the City of Philadelphia will now open on a two-hour delay tomorrow, Thursday, March 8, 2018.  

 

Due to impending inclement weather, Archdiocesan high schools and parochial elementary schools in the City of Philadelphia will be closed tomorrow, Wednesday, March 7, 2018. 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.   ###

 

Students from elementary schools, high schools, and schools of special education packaged over 17,000 relief bags to benefit Nutritional Development Services’ Community Food Program Today, Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap. officially kicked-off Catholic Schools Week (CSW) in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia with a day-long community service event Nourishing our Neighbors—Catholic School Students as Servant […]

 

In 2016 approximately fifteen eighth grade students at Saint Francis De Sales School in Southwest Philadelphia had the opportunity to work on a documentary project titled, “Bridging the Gap.”  They teamed up with filmmakers/producers Steve McWilliams, John Stefanic, and Matthew Marencik from “Youth Solution Films” located in Havertown (Delaware County).  A screening for current students, […]

 

The City of Philadelphia has established Thursday, February 8, 2018 as the date for the public celebration and parade for the Super Bowl Champion Philadelphia Eagles. Given projected city street closures and heavy demands on public transportation in the Philadelphia region, Archdiocesan high schools and parochial elementary schools in the City of Philadelphia will be […]

 

The National Catholic Schools Week 2018 Theme: “Catholic Schools:  Learn. Serve. Lead. Succeed” The Archdiocese of Philadelphia will join in the national observance of Catholic Schools Week January 28, 2018 – February 3, 2018. Catholic Schools Week is an annual celebration of the Christ-centered, faith-based education that students receive in the 119 elementary, 17 secondary, […]

 

Archdiocesan high schools and parochial elementary schools in the City of Philadelphia will open two hours late today, Tuesday, January 9, 2018. This decision was made due to expected slippery conditions on roads and walkways in the early morning hours. Archdiocesan high schools and parochial elementary schools in the suburban counties normally follow the decision […]

 

Archdiocesan high schools and parochial elementary schools in the City of Philadelphia will close at 1:00 p.m. today, Monday, January 8, 2018. According to the National Weather Service, a Winter Weather Advisory is in effect this afternoon for the possibility of freezing rain and sleet. Precipitation will begin between 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. in […]

 

Archdiocesan high schools and parochial elementary schools in the City of Philadelphia will be closed tomorrow, Friday, January 5, 2018. This decision was made in the wake of today’s storm. It follows reports from the National Weather Service projecting that the next 60 hours will feature dangerously low temperatures, winds gusting 35-40 miles an hour, […]

 

Due to projected inclement weather in the overnight and early morning hours, Archdiocesan high schools and parochial elementary schools in the City of Philadelphia will be closed tomorrow, Thursday, January 4, 2018. Archdiocesan high schools and parochial elementary schools in the suburban counties normally follow the decision of their corresponding local public school district and […]

 

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia Announces the Appointment of Dr. Andrew McLaughlin as Secretary for Elementary Education

Wednesday, December 20th

Background At the conclusion of the 2016-2017 academic year, the Superintendent for Elementary Education in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia departed to pursue other opportunities. In July the Archdiocese appointed an interim Superintendent for Elementary Education and announced that it would work with its Executive Board of Elementary (EBEE) and the Faith in the Future Foundation […]

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 their second annual “Christmas Card Design Contest” in the 216 parishes, 17 high schools, 119 elementary schools, and 4 Schools of Special Education in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. School administrators, teachers, […]

 

Archbishop Chaput’s 2nd Annual Christmas Card Design Contest 2017 — DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS OCTOBER 20TH

Thursday, October 12th

Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap., along with his Auxiliary Bishops, are pleased to announce the 2nd Annual Christmas Card Design Contest.  School Administrators, Teachers, PREP Teachers, and Parents are encouraged to invite students to create an original design for the Archbishop’s official 2017 Christmas Card. All cards are to be an original work depicting […]

Link to Video from Back to School Pep Rally and Kick Off Celebration on the steps of the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul in Philadelphia, September 11, 2017. https://vimeo.com/catholicphilly/review/233422220/1f6a1d1c4a

 

On Friday, September 11, 2017, over 300 students gathered on the steps of the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul to celebrate the beginning of the 2017-2018 school year in the five-county Archdiocese of Philadelphia. The celebration signaled the opening of the 234th consecutive year for Catholic education in the region. The several hundred […]

 

(Editor’s Note:  Mr. Mominey, Chief Operating Officer and Secretary for Catholic Education will celebrate his 5th year with the Archdiocese of Philadelphia in May 2018) I hope that each of our students come to know, love, and serve the person of Jesus Christ in a more meaningful way.   I hope that each student reaches […]

 

The 119 parish and regional elementary schools in the five-county Archdiocese of Philadelphia officially begin the first day of school on Wednesday, September 6th. Many elementary schools will hold opening week school liturgies in church to unite students, faculty, and staff in prayer in front of the Blessed Sacrament.  Additionally, two schools have special events […]

 

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 (http://www.olcalvaryschool.org/)in 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 […]

 

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:  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 […]

 

The Advisory Council for Elementary Education in Chester County has been working for the last 4 months to provide strategic planning, institutional advancement, professional development and advancing opportunities for Catholic Education at the local county level.   The Chester County council, which was originally formed four years ago and re-launched in late February 2013, is the […]

 

(Philadelphia, July 15, 2013)—At a press conference today with Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap., Archbishop of Philadelphia, and Brian McElwee, Chairman of the Independence Mission Schools (IMS), 14 Catholic elementary schools were officially designated independent of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia allowing them to form the Independence Mission Schools system. IMS is the umbrella organization […]

 

PARISHIONERS FROM SAINT JOHN VIANNEY CHURCH TO PRESENT SCHOLARSHIP TO STUDENT FROM SAINT MARTIN DE PORRES   Parishioners from Saint John Vianney Church in Gladwyne, Montgomery County, will present a $3,000 a year scholarship to a current eighth grade student from Saint Martin de Porres School to attend any Archdiocesan High School for all four […]