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Archdiocese's Secretary for Education knows Catholic schools as a parent and recent student
After earning a doctorate in ministry this spring from The Catholic University of America, Tom Burnford is congratulated by his wife Angela and their oldest daughter Lucy, who will be a second grader this fall at St. Peter School in Olney. (Family photo)
The impact of Catholic education is something that Tom Burnford has witnessed and experienced firsthand in recent years as the Archdiocese of Washington's Secretary for Education, as the parent of three young children attending St. Peter School in Olney, and as a student, earning a doctorate in ministry this spring from The Catholic University of America.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014

New Interim Superintendent's different path to Catholic education has shown her its value
Kelly Branaman, the new Interim Superintendent of Schools for the Archdiocese of Washington, has a special memento from her first day of school as a first grader in Indiana - a pear shape cut out of faded yellow construction paper, with her teacher and bus and assignment, Mrs. Fountain's first grade and Bus 25 - so she knew where to go. She later had it laminated, and has always carried it with her on important education days, like her graduations and her first day of teaching.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
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.
Thursday, July 31, 2014
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.
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
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.
Friday, June 6, 2014
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.
Thursday, June 5, 2014
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.
Thursday, June 5, 2014
Prince George's Catholic business group honors 'hometown hero,' student essay winners
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.
Friday, May 23, 2014
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."
Thursday, May 22, 2014
Bishop McNamara is all in the family for graduating senior Anthony Diehlmann
During the upcoming 2014-15 school year, Bishop McNamara High School in Forestville will begin celebrating its 50th anniversary. Marco Clark, Bishop McNamara's president and CEO and a 1985 graduate of the school, notes that being a family is one of the pillars of the education at the school, which is sponsored by the Brothers of the Holy Cross.
Thursday, May 22, 2014
Student's journey from desert landscape to city of skyscrapers
As a student who moved from Saudi Arabia to the Washington area for his senior year of high school, PJ Cruz knows all about transitions. And next year, Cruz, one of 41 members of the class of 2014 at St. Anselm's Abbey School in Washington, will go on to college in one of the world's largest cities, attending Fordham University in New York City.
Wednesday, May 21, 2014
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