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Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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  • ‘Art to Heart’
    An innovative outreach program between students at St. Mary’s Ryken High School in Leonardtown and persons with developmental disabilities in their community was honored this summer by the St. Mary’s County government.

  • Cardinal Wuerl presides at dedication  of Pittsburgh-area high school named in his honor
    The new Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic High School represents so much of what is dear to his heart, said  Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington. It passes on the faith and provides students with hope, a future, an  education and a moral foundation.

  • ‘Wimpy Kid’ author returns to Bishop McNamara
    In high school, Jeff Kinney was good at writing and drawing, but swimming – not so much.  He was on Bishop McNamara High School’s first swim team, but “I was so bad they asked me not to be in the photo in the yearbook.” 

  • Washington Jesuit Academy is ultimate winner in Gonzaga and Georgetown Prep rivalry

    Gonzaga College High School in Washington and Georgetown Preparatory School in North Bethesda are two of the oldest Jesuit catholic secondary schools in the country. Located 10 miles apart, they first played a football game in 1891. Since then, the teams have matched up 75 more times with Gonzaga holding a slight 35-28 edge in wins. Due to scheduling conflicts and league obligations, the series went dormant after the 1988 game.

  • Just after sprinkling holy water on one of the three new state-of-the-art science labs at Don Bosco Cristo Rey High School in Takoma Park, Cardinal Donald Wuerl smiled and said, "It shows you what faith and people's willingness to work together can accomplish."

    Moments earlier, while presiding at the Sept. 4 blessing ceremony for Cristo Rey's new Academic and Science Wing, the cardinal had remembered standing in mud years earlier at the spot where the new science labs are now. 
  • Warm as ice

    Three years ago when Mary of Nazareth School in Darnestown was named a National Blue Ribbon School, about 500 students, faculty and staff stood together on the school field wearing blue, forming the shape of a giant ribbon.

    On Aug. 29, about 500 Mary of Nazareth students again assembled on the field, this time for a more personal cause. Wearing their gym uniforms of red shirts and black shorts - their school colors - the students participated in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge to stand in solidarity with Tom Schaefer, the father of three of their classmates. 

  • Theresa Brogan is 15 and the youngest of six children. She played CYO soccer with her classmates for all her years at St. John the Evangelist School in Silver Spring before graduating from the eighth grade there. She likes acting and cheerleading and using her iPad, and dreams of being a teacher someday.

    Samantha Copeland, 16, has a younger brother and sister. She enjoys skiing in Colorado with her family, and although she admits that she's shy, she likes cheerleading, and she performed in several plays at Our Lady of Lourdes School in Bethesda before graduating there this past spring. She likes decorating, art and fashion. 
  • The return of our young people to school marks the beginning of another academic year, the end of summer vacations, and the start in earnest of what might be called the “pastoral” year of activity.  I use this occasion as well to do a letter to our students, teachers, school administrators, pastors and Catholic education benefactors.  This year, I include in this article some of the information from that letter that I hope readers might find interesting. 

  • First Kate Truax Award winner honors legacy of Our Lady of Lourdes teacher
    An unforgettable teacher's lasting gift to the students of Our Lady of Lourdes School in Bethesda took tangible form there recently, as graduating eighth grader Justin Chatman was presented with the first annual Kate Truax Award, named for a former fifth grade teacher there who died in 2012 after a long battle with cancer. 
  • For more than 40 years, summer camp at Our Lady of Good Counsel High School strives to 'impact the kids in a positive way'
    The hallways at Our Lady of Good Counsel High School in Olney ring with squeals of delight and the sound of laughter and music and horsing around and genial chaos as young people charge from room to room. They are enjoying a warm summer day filled with a variety of activities. This is Camp Good Counsel. 
  • Archdiocese of Washington's superintendent of Catholic Schools appointed superintendent of Durham Public Schools
    Deacon Bert L'Homme, the superintendent of Catholic Schools for the Archdiocese of Washington, was appointed by the Board of Education for Durham Public Schools in North Carolina to be their next superintendent. In his new role, effective July 14, 2014, Deacon L'Homme will have responsibility for over 33,000 students enrolled in public schools in and around Durham County, North Carolina. 
  • Washington Jesuit Academy graduates its10th class
    There are "no limits" to your future, local news anchor Bruce Johnson reminded the 10th graduating class of the Washington Jesuit Academy in Northeast Washington. 
  • Faith can transform your life and work, Jane Belford tells CUA law graduates
    Speaking at the 125th commencement of The Catholic University of America's Columbus School of Law on May 23, former Archdiocese of Washington Chancellor Jane Golden Belford encouraged the law graduates to be "cathedral builders," and seek higher meaning in their work and in their lives. 
  • The Catholic Business Network of Prince George's County named financial advisor Anthony Laubach as their 2014 Hometown Hero. The network celebrated Laubach's commitment to Catholic schools and businesses at their 16th annual Awards Celebration and fundraiser May 6 at the Marriott Greenbelt also recognizing several students, school volunteers and business partners. 
  • For valedictorian, St. John's education has touched her heart, mind and soul
    June 6 will be D-Day for Alexa Romero, as she gives the valedictorian's address to the 274 members of St. John's College High School's class of 2014 at the school's graduation ceremony at the National Shrine. The top student in the senior class at the Christian Brothers' sponsored school in Washington plans to mention how the order's founder, St. John Baptist de la Salle, emphasized that teachers should "touch the hearts, minds and souls of their students." 
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