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Friday, October 09, 2015
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  • 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.  
  • Principal of the Year
    As a child, Father Andrew White, S.J. School principal Linda Maloney would sit her three younger brothers down and have them play school with her. On Sept. 30, one of her brothers was able to come back to her school, but this time to congratulate her for winning the 2015 Principal of the Year Award for the Archdiocese of Washington.  
  • Gonzaga’s ‘man for others’
    For nearly 50 years, the opening of each musical at Gonzaga College High School was itself a show-stopper. 
  • CUA choir and orchestra members prepare to perform at Papal Mass
    Its architectural students have designed the altar, its lawn will seat thousands who attend Pope Francis’s Sept. 23 Mass on the east portico of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, and The Catholic University of America’s Chamber Choir and Orchestra will join the other choristers and musicians to help create the music for the Canonization Mass for Blessed Junípero Serra.  
  • Surprised St. Bernadette’s students and teacher score tickets to Papal Mass
    At St. Bernadette School in Silver Spring, the excitement over Pope Francis’s upcoming visit to the Archdiocese of Washington reached a fever pitch, as a few lucky students and a teacher received the surprise of a lifetime – tickets to the Sept. 23 outdoor Papal Mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. 
  • Catholic schools begin to Walk with Francis
    Even before the start of the school year on Aug. 31, the teachers of the Academy of St. Matthias the Apostle in Lanham were preparing to lead the school in the Walk with Francis Pledge by living it out themselves. As the sun rose on Aug. 28, six members of the faculty and staff prepared a hot breakfast for those in need through Catholic Charities’ St. Maria’s Meals van, parked outside a 7-Eleven in Wheaton. 
  • St. John Bosco’s name and mission shapes  school named for him, says its new president
    Two months into his new job as president of Don Bosco Cristo Rey High School in Takoma Park, Salesian Father Michael Conway feels right at home. The school, which opened in 2007 and is cosponsored by the Archdiocese of Washington and the Salesians of Don Bosco, embodies the faith and spirit of St. John Bosco, the order’s founder, for whom the school is named. 
  • Catholic schools can ‘Walk with Francis’
    As students and teachers around the country prepare for the start of a new school year, Catholic schools and parish religious education programs in the Archdiocese of Washington are also gearing up for Pope Francis’s visit to their hometown. 
  • At Opening of Schools Mass, Cardinal Wuerl encourages Catholic teachers to ‘make disciples’
    Teachers, principals and pastors from Catholic schools around the Archdiocese of Washington took time to spiritually prepare for the new school year at the Opening of Schools Mass on Aug. 24, held at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. 
  • To her colleagues, retiring principal Joan Hosmer is known as a strong proponent of the school’s Inclusion Program for students with special needs, as the principal who helped the school win its second Blue Ribbon Award from the U.S. Department of Education in 2009, and the woman who nicknamed each student ‘pumpkin.’ “They liked that,” said her long-time secretary, Karen Robertson.  
  • Students help freedom ring across National Mall
    On a sunny, windy day in March, the students of St. Jerome Academy in Hyattsville stood in the shadow of the Washington Monument and patriotically told the story of American history through recited speeches and poems, acting and musical accompaniment. 
  • Sister Kathleen Lannak, retired principal at St. John the Evangelist in Silver Spring, known for making “St. John’s a better place” each day
    As principal of St. John the Evangelist School in Silver Spring for the past 35 years, Sister Kathleen Lannak has been known for asking students, “Was St. John’s a better place because you were here today?” 
  • The following are award winning pro-life essays written by eighth grade students at Our Lady of Lourdes School in Bethesda. 
  • After national tour as saxophonist, DeMatha’s Chad Lilley named Presidential Scholar in the arts
    As a boy, Chad Lilley and his father would sit on the couch every weekend and listen to music, especially his dad’s favorite genre: jazz.  
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