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Wednesday, March 04, 2015
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  • ‘Teaching Together’
    Anna Allen is a young Marylander with sandy brown hair and a passion for her faith. On Sundays she teaches kindergartners and first graders catechism at Ascension Catholic Church in Bowie. During the week, she enjoys playing video games and taking care of her two birds, three gerbils and a cat named Tigger.

  • Catholic institutions of higher learning play a significant role in the essential mission of the Church today – to bring a new generation to the eternal truths of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, Washington Cardinal Donald Wuerl told members of the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities.


  • Dear Pope Francis…

    As part of their inaugural celebration of Catholic Schools Week, students at San Miguel School in Washington wrote to Pope Francis about their lives, their school, and their hopes to meet him during his visit to the nation’s capital in September.  As eighth grader Melvin Lazo told the pope in his letter, “It’s not that far from the White House.”

  • Bishop McNamara High School fosters a love for the arts
    At Bishop McNamara High School in Forestville, appreciation for the arts isn’t reserved for a few drama enthusiasts and band members – almost one-half of the 885 students are dancers, singers, actors or instrumentalists. Yet, “it doesn’t feel like arts school,” insists visual art teacher Kate Heneghan, “it feels like a school that takes its fine arts seriously.” 
  • Power outage
    Morgan Wootten, the future Hall of Fame basketball coach, arrived at DeMatha Catholic High School in Hyattsville in 1956. Two years later, due in large part to the great Archbishop Carroll teams, local interest in high school basketball was exploding. The city championship game between the Catholic league and public high school champions had drawn more than 10,000 fans to Cole Field House at the University of Maryland. Wootten dreamed of DeMatha being a part of it. 
  • Mother Catherine Spalding School, a small Catholic school in Helen, Md., will close at the end of this academic year. The request to close the school was submitted to the archdiocese by the school’s canonical administrator in collaboration with the priests at the parishes that have supported the school, which include Holy Angels (Avenue), Sacred Heart (Bushwood), Our Lady of the Wayside (Chaptico), Immaculate Conception (Mechanicsville) and St. Joseph’s (Morganza). The request was accepted and the school will close its doors at the end of this school year in June.

  • Olympic champion Katie Ledecky joins fellow Stone Ridge seniors for final home swim meet

    Katie Ledecky – who won the gold medal in the 800-meter women’s freestyle swimming race in the 2012 London Summer Olympics as the youngest member of the U.S. Olympics Team at the age of 15 – had another golden moment on Jan. 10, as she joined five fellow seniors at Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart in Bethesda in celebrating their final home swimming meet at the Stone Ridge Aquatics Center.

  • Catholic school teachers become the students at Data Conference
    While their students took the day off, Catholic schoolteachers from across the Archdiocese of Washington met at St. Pius X Regional School in Bowie to listen and learn from education experts at the 2014 Data Conference, the last of four identical conferences held throughout the archdiocese. 
  • St. Mary’s Ryken student shines in the classroom and on the basketball court
    Naiyah Thompson, a senior at St. Mary’s Ryken High School in Leonardtown, has been recognized on and off the basketball court and in and out of the classroom as outstanding athlete, student and member of the community. 
  • St. Francis International School honors sisters who helped found parish school
    Sixty years ago, eight sisters of Notre Dame de Namur and one lay teacher founded St. Camillus School in Silver Spring. And so this past fall, past students and faculty along with the current students of what is now St. Francis International School gathered at Mass to thank the ones who had made it all possible. 
  • ‘Joy of the Gospel,’ and coats for neighbors
    Students at Our Lady Star of the Sea School in Solomons recently completed a two-month collection of winter coats to help keep others warm this winter. 
  • St. Anthony Catholic School continues legacy of faith and learning
    The walls of St. Anthony Catholic School in Washington’s Brookland neighborhood are covered in papers: drawings of penguins by elementary school students, a smiling picture of Mother Teresa, photos of the Archdiocesan seminarians, and a sign at the door to a classroom that reads “Excuses Stop Here.” 
  • Catholic schools week will be celebrated Jan. 25-31
    Catholic schools through the Archdiocese of Washington will join their counterparts throughout the country in celebrating National Catholic Schools Week. For more than 40 years, the last week in January has been set aside to focus on the good work being accomplished in our Catholic schools. National Catholic Schools Week this year will be observed Jan. 25–31. The theme is “Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service.”


  • Two powerhouse soccer teams – the girls from Our Lady of Good Good Counsel High School in Olney, and the boys from DeMatha Catholic High School in Hyattsville – recently won the 2014 Washington Catholic Athletic Conference championships, played on Nov. 1 at the Maryland SoccerPlex.  
  • DeMatha edges Good Counsel for WCAC football championship
    In another titanic Washington Catholic Athletic Conference football title matchup, DeMatha outlasted Good Counsel, 24-20, to claim the 2014 Championship. The game was played Nov. 22 at the University of Maryland’s Byrd Stadium. 
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