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Thursday, February 11, 2016
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  • Catholic Schools Week celebrates ongoing legacy of nation’s Catholic schools
    Catholic schools through the Archdiocese of Washington will join their counterparts throughout the country in celebrating National Catholic Schools Week. This year, Catholic Schools Week is Jan. 31 – Feb. 6.
  • An ongoing mission
    Cardinal Donald Wuerl celebrated Mass Jan. 19 to mark Founders Day at the Woods Academy in Bethesda, which this year also observes its 40th anniversary. “This 40thanniversary is an opportunity to reflect on the accomplishments of the school and to renew ourselves to the mission of the school,” Cardinal Wuerl said during a Mass attended by students, parents, faculty and staff.
  • From classrooms to gyms
    Bill Ryan, the Superintendent of Schools for the Archdiocese of Washington, marked the 100th day in the school year Jan. 21 by visiting Blessed Sacrament School and Our Lady of Victory School in Washington.
  • The difference it made, and makes
    When St. Mary’s School in Bryantown, Maryland, marked its 100th anniversary this past September, graduates, current teachers and students, and visitors reflected on how the school’s Catholic identity has made a difference in the lives of generations of families there.
  • Catholic education in the Archdiocese of Washington
    As Catholic Schools Week 2016 begins, here is brief overview of the educational opportunities offered in the Archdiocese of Washington.
  • Taking the LEAD
    JoEllen Gray jokes that for her, there’s no escaping St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, the pioneer in Catholic education in the United States who became this country’s first native-born saint. “I can’t get away from her. She wants to stay in my life,” Gray said laughing, during an interview with the Catholic Standard.
  • Hugging Pope Francis was ‘dream come true’ for Catholic student
    During his historic visit to Washington last fall, Pope Francis gave the first papal address to a joint meeting of Congress, visited with the homeless served by Catholic Charities, presided at the first canonization of a saint on U.S. soil, was welcomed by the president at the White House, and at eight different points during his whirlwind two-day visit, was greeted by cheering crowds of Catholic students.
  • Campus Mapp App, created by a team of six Holy Cross students in the Introduction to Programming class, was selected as a Best in State winner in the Verizon Innovative App Challenge. There were more than 1,200 app concept submissions in the contest.


  • New teacher grant program gives archdiocesan students new opportunities
    Popsicle sticks, straws and molding clay held the two textbooks aloft – a bridge that had been delicately constructed by a third and second grader at St. Mary School in Bryantown. But as the second grader placed a third book on top of the pile, the straws, anchored in modeling clay, buckled under the weight, and fell into the painted blue river.
  • Prayers for Pope Francis

    Students at Catholic schools and parishes in Archdiocese of Washington share their prayers for Pope Francis.

  • Seton High School’s new pharmacy program helps prepare girls for careers in that field
    Under the leadership of newly hired pharmacy teacher Barbara McHenry, 12th graders will learn basics of pharmacology, including printing labels and counting candy into pill bottles for practice. But as one member of Seton’s pharmacy advisory board explained to Sister Ellen Marie Hagar, a Daughter of Charity who serves as the school’s president, the most important aspect of the pharmacy profession is not technical know-how, but strong character.
  • Archdiocese of Washington receives Seton Award for service to Catholic education

    The Archdiocese of Washington was recently honored with the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Award from the National Catholic Educational Association in recognition of the archdiocese’s outstanding support of and service to Catholic education.

  • Academy of the Holy Cross gets new turf field
    On Oct. 27, a longtime friend of the Ridgways, Msgr. John Enzler, blessed the Ridgway Field at the Academy of the Holy Cross in Kensington in the presence of the Ridgway children and the Holy Cross community.
  • True blue school: Cardinal Hickey Academy named a National Blue Ribbon School
    After a Mass on Sept. 29 celebrated by Washington Auxiliary Bishop Martin Holley, the academy’s principal Jennifer Griffith announced their achievement to the 195 students, as one female student unfurled a 2015 Blue Ribbon banner.
  • A ‘banner day’ for Our Lady of Lourdes School
    At a surprise assembly in the school’s gym, blue balloons hung from the walls, and students and teachers wore blue leis. After leading them in an opening prayer to the school’s patron saint, Our Lady of Lourdes, the school’s principal, Patricia McGann, announced the honor, and the students and teachers erupted in loud cheers. 
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