Important Message from Sr. Mary Grace Walsh, ASCJ, Ph.D. Regarding Partnership Schools

As of July 1, 2024, the Department of Education within the Archdiocese of New York will once again operate the seven Partnership Schools located in the Bronx and in Harlem, which include:

South Bronx: 

  • Immaculate Conception: 378 East 151st Street
  • Sacred Heart: 1248 Nelson Avenue
  • St. Athanasius: 830 Southern Blvd.


  • Mt. Carmel-Holy Rosary: 371 Pleasant Avenue
  • Our Lady Queen of Angels: 229 East 112th Street
  • St. Charles Borromeo: 214 West 142nd Street
  • St. Mark the Evangelist: 22 West 138th Street

We look forward to welcoming back our students, staff, and families!  The schools will re-open as scheduled in September and we are expecting a smooth transition.  School principals will also share additional information as we move forward toward the new school year.  Please also see the below article from The Good Newsroom containing additional details.

June 24th, 2024|

Staten Island Catholic schools hold annual mass for graduating eighth-graders

In pairs, eighth grade Staten Island students walked down the aisle of Our Lady Star of the Sea Church and placed a flower in a vase at the base of the altar — each symbolizing a Staten Island Catholic school.

The procession kicked off an annual mass for graduating eighth-graders among all 14 of Staten Island’s Catholic elementary schools on Wednesday morning. More than 500 students, faculty, principals and other school leaders filled the Huguenot church to receive blessings and pray for the future of students as they prepare to go to high school in the fall.

View full press coverage at these links:

(Staten Island Advance/Annalise Knudson) (Photo: Staten Island Advance/SI Live)

May 22nd, 2024|

Special Easter Message for Catholic School Communities from Superintendent Sr. Mary Grace Walsh, ASCJ, Ph.D.

For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus,
God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep. ~1 Thessalonians 4:14

Dear Catholic School Communities,

As the joyous occasion of Easter approaches, I send my prayers and warmest greetings to each of you. Easter is a time of renewal, hope, and reflection, reminding us of the profound love and sacrifice of Jesus Christ that underpins our faith. As headlines and social media continue to deliver challenging narratives and images, one might have the sense that this Easter is coming just in time.

I pray we come together as a community bound by the values of compassion, kindness, and empathy. May this season serve as a reminder of the importance of fostering love and understanding in our hearts and homes, and in our classrooms where knowledge is nurtured, and minds are shaped by committed and faithful educators.

To our cherished families, may this Easter be a time of togetherness and renewal, strengthening the bonds that unite us and reaffirming our shared values and beliefs. Thank you once again for the collective sacrifices you make to provide your children with a Catholic education.

To our dedicated pastors, administrators, and teachers, thank you for your unwavering commitment to our sacred mission of providing quality education based upon the teachings of Christ. Your dedication inspires and uplifts us all, and I am deeply grateful for your tireless efforts in guiding our students towards academic excellence and spiritual growth.

As we prepare to rejoice in the resurrection of our Lord, let us carry the spirit of Easter with us every day, spreading love, hope, and joy wherever we go.

Wishing you all a blessed and Happy Easter!

Click here to view and download this message.

March 28th, 2024|

All Catholic Elementary Schools in the Archdiocese of NY to Close Tuesday 2/13 Due to Forecasted Snowstorm

All Catholic Elementary Schools in the Archdiocese of New York, will be closed tomorrow, Tuesday, February 13, due to the forecasted snowstorm. The day will be a “traditional snow day” with no remote instruction. This includes Catholic schools in New York City and the upper suburban counties.

All Catholic schools have snow days built into their calendars with contingencies for making up instruction time.

Archdiocesan High Schools operate independently, so high school families need to follow instructions from their individual schools.

Click here to view and download the press release.

February 12th, 2024|

The Catholic School Community of the Archdiocese of New York deeply mourns the loss of Seán Sullivan

The Catholic School Community of the Archdiocese of New York deeply mourns the loss of Seán Sullivan, Associate Superintendent of Secondary Schools. Download the PDF announcement here.

Seán’s career as a Catholic educator, administrator and coach spanned 47 years – nearly all of them at one storied institution, All Hallows High School in the Bronx. A legacy in his own right, Seán impacted the lives of thousands of young men as they made their way into college and beyond as productive members of society, guided by the teachings of Jesus Christ.

Upon graduation from Iona College, Seán joined the faculty of All Hallows as a math teacher. In time, Seán would serve as chair of the math department, and in short order would be named vice-principal for student affairs. In 1996, he assumed the role for which he will always be remembered, serving for 23 years as principal of All Hallows High School.

Looking at Seán’s service, one must wonder if he made it more than a few blocks from the school. In addition to his duties within All Hallows High School’s classrooms and executive offices, Seán coached the baseball and hockey teams to multiple CHSAA championships, was Director of the Archdiocesan Inner-City Jobs Opportunity Program at All Hallows, served on the Archdiocesan Math Committee, and led the St. John’s University College Advantage Program. The role most dear to Seán was as Coordinator of the Foròige Leadership for Life Programme, National University of Ireland at Maynooth University.

Seán Sullivan – teacher, coach, principal, leader of young men – was first and foremost Irish. He was a particular brand of Irish, indigenous to his home heath. Seán was a Bronx Irish Catholic. Seán seemed incapable of relating a story from his ancestral home of County Cork without adopting a brogue – lilting for a slight fellow or a lady, gruff for a working-class tough. Seán Sullivan was all things Irish: funny, unassuming, self-effacing and so very kind with a sweet, helpful manner.

Ireland is called the land of happy wars and sad love songs. Seán embodied this as he battled these past months with a smile on his face, still telling funny stories from the auld sod, while every now and then tearing up as he remembered happy moments and old friends.

Given Seán’s aversion to attention and near-absence of ego, this excerpt of Irish prose for the departed by Henry Scott Holland seems to fit the moment and the man:

Death is nothing at all.
I have only slipped away to the next room.
I am I and you are you.
Whatever we were to each other,
That, we still are.

Seán, may the Angels lead you into Paradise and may Light Eternal shine upon you. And, until we meet again may God hold you in the hollow of his hand.

January 23rd, 2024|

NY Catholic Schools Open Online Admissions for the 2024-25 Academic Year Today

2024-25 online admissions opened today for New York Catholic schools’ private Pre-K and elementary school grades K-8.

Beyond an excellent education, Catholic schools instill family values, spirituality, and a sense of community. For many, Catholic schools are a home away from home – a safe, nurturing learning environment in a rapidly changing world.

New York families with children entering grades Pre-K or Grades K to 8 are choosing Catholic Schools because: they are family-friendly – offering a welcoming school community and extended daily hours; they offer parental support – free counselling services and financial aid at most schools; they prepare students for high school and beyond – advanced prep programs that instill learning, self-discipline and faith; and they deliver Academic Achievement – Reading and Math proficiencies continue to maintain their strong performance in the most recent New York State testing.

For more information, to apply over the phone, or for Spanish-language assistance, call our Parent Helpline at (646) 794-2885, or email:

November 30th, 2023|

NY Catholic Schools Report Continued Excellence in Test Scores

Math scores soar 11 points while ELA Scores Hold Steady.

As the 2023-2024 academic year begins, Catholic Schools in the Archdiocese of New York are proud to report their scores on state exams in both Mathematics and English Language Arts (ELA). Once again, the Catholic values-infused curriculum taught in the Archdiocese of New York has produced results that lead most schools in the state of New York.

Recently released scores for 2023 from the New York State Education Department (NYSED) for grades 3-8 reflect 63% of students were proficient in math and 64% of students showed proficiency in reading. That is an 11% increase in math scores year over year.

Catholic Schools in the Archdiocese of New York have maintained this level of excellence with the support and leadership of His Eminence, Timothy Cardinal Dolan. Catholic Schools invested heavily in curriculum, student supports, professional development, technology, and social-emotional support for students and staff alike. These efforts mitigated and often eliminated the degree of learning loss experienced in school systems around the country.

“Our students gained eleven percentage points in math proficiency across our schools, not only surpassing last year’s scores, but effectively leveling our proficiency levels with ELA,” said Sister Mary Grace Walsh, ASCJ, Ph.D., Superintendent of Schools in the Archdiocese of New York. “This is a testament to the dedication of our pastors, principals, and teachers in delivering a Christ-centered, academically excellent education. These results demonstrate that our work will continue to achieve positive outcomes and elevated expectations for all our students.”

In NYC (New York City) government schools, 51.7% of all students passed reading and 49.9% passed math.

We are still welcoming admissions for the 2023-24 school year, and you can click here to apply for this year while space and financial aid are still available. Now is the ideal time to visit and select the right school for your child. Scholarships are available: the earlier families apply, the better their chances of receiving financial aid.

Click here to view today’s press release..

October 24th, 2023|

NJ Lt. Gov. Tahesha Way Visits Her Alma Mater Holy Rosary School in the Bronx

‘I wanted a career to help people.’ NJ Lt. Gov. Tahesha Way revisits Holy Rosary school in the Bronx (Source for picture and article: News 12 The Bronx Reporter Elly Morillo)

Tahesha L. Way may serve as New Jersey’s third lieutenant governor and secretary of state, but she was raised in the Bronx. On Wednesday October 4, she took a walk back in time through the halls of her old stomping grounds at Holy Rosary School in Pelham Gardens.

Holy Rosary helped me define my purpose, and it ultimately made me feel as the inner-city girl, worthy,” said Way.

Way attended the school from kindergarten through eighth grade. Way said the school helped her prepare for challenges, not knowing she would face her greatest challenge as a college student when she suffered a massive brain hemorrhage.

I decided at that moment that I wanted a career to help people just like the medical professionals at Montefiore Hospital right up the street were able to save my life and make my life whole again,” said Way.

Way says she hopes to inspire students to keep pushing forward.

It’s great to know that she went to the school and went through what we’re going through in the education system,” a student told News 12 when asked about Way’s visit.

October 5th, 2023|

New York Catholic Schools Celebrate Our First Day of School

Students from across the Archdiocese of New York were seen entering their schools for the first day of the 2023-24 school year. Click on the links below to view some of the media coverage:

Father Vincent Capodanno Academy, Staten Island, covered by Staten Island Advance. School officials welcomed families and students with smiles and waves, and the entrance of the school was set up with decorations and a photo prop so families could capture the memory. Click here to view the coverage.

St. Joseph’s School, Yorkville, Manhattan, covered by The Good Newsroom. Click here to view the coverage. Sister Mary Grace Walsh ASCJ, Ph.D., the Superintendent of Catholic Schools in the Archdiocese of New York, welcomed new and returning students back to school upon their arrival and was present during St. Joseph’s School’s first morning assembly of the school year, led by Principal Theresa Berner.

St. Philip Neri School, Bronx, click here to visit The Good Newsroom on Facebook and view some of the sights and sounds from St. Philip Neri on the first day of school. Principal Amy Rowe welcomed the students and parents and Fr. Dan O’Reilly led everyone in praying the Our Father. A great way to start the new school year!

September 8th, 2023|

‘A joyous day’ as students across Staten Island begin the 2023-24 school year

Shown above: Families and children step into Father Vincent Capodanno Catholic Academy, South Beach, for the first day of school on Thursday, Sept. 7, 2023. (Staten Island Advance/Priya Shahi)
Click here for additional photos and family stories.
September 7th, 2023|

NY Catholic Schools Superintendent Talks Faith and Excellence on Good Day New York

In this enlightening interview for Good Day New York (Fox 5), Sr. Mary Grace Walsh, ASCJ, Ph.D., Superintendent for Catholic Schools in the Archdiocese of New York, discusses the value of faith-centered Catholic education and academic excellence with anchors Rosanna Scotto and Bianca Peter. Together, they explore the value of Catholic education and the vibrant future of NY Catholic Schools.

Click here to watch the video!

September 6th, 2023|

Jann Amato, Regional Superintendent, Staten Island, Featured in Staten Island’s Women in Business

Jann Amato, our incoming Regional Superintendent of Catholic Schools in the Staten Island Region of the Archdiocese of New York, was recently profiled in Staten Island’s Women in Business profiles presented by SI Parent, and authored by Catriona Morton:

Jann Amato has over 23 years of experience in the Archdiocese of New York. Formerly the principal of Notre Dame Academy High School, Ms. Amato, in her role as regional superintendent, assumes a broad range of responsibilities, primarily the strengthening of solid Catholic faith communities, the supporting of and championing the stellar academic achievements of our Staten Island schools, and the promotion of student recruitment and marketing strategies to all schools in her region.

Click here to view the full article!

September 5th, 2023|

Social Media’s Impact on Youth Mental Health Discussed by ADAPP’s Christine Cavallucci

In a Catholic Faith Network (CFN) Live segment, Christine Cavallucci, Executive Director at ADAPP, highlights the effects of social media on mental health and emphasizes the importance of setting boundaries. Cavallucci, a recognized expert in the field, provides valuable insights into the potential risks associated with excessive social media use among youth. Watch this informative segment here.

Parents and families seeking guidance can find valuable resources and information at,  which are provided by ADAPP (Archdiocese Drug Abuse Prevention Program). These resources are designed to help navigate the challenges faced by young people and promote positive mental health outcomes. Visit to learn more and access available support.

July 5th, 2023|

Summer Reading Ideas — 189 Great Books for Catholic Kids

What should we read this summer? Parents, grandparents, godparents, teachers, and catechists often struggle to find high quality books for children that will spark a love of reading. We are pleased to share this list of 189 Great Books for Catholic kids, crafted by Word on Fire Spark, which includes classics (and a few new titles) to enjoy with the young readers in your life.

The books are organized according to genre/age group: board books, picture books, early readers, chapter books, and graphic novels. Whether these books explicitly communicate truths about our Catholic faith or merely delight the young reader, these are stories with merit. (But please keep in mind that you know your young reader best and each book may not be the right fit for every child.)

Click here to download the list!

May 12th, 2023|

Central Westchester Schools Come to the Aid of 2 Families Devastated in Home Fires

May 10, 2023. Principal Helena Castilla-Byrne, Principal of Our Lady of Victory School in Mount Vernon New York has jumped in to aid two of her school’s families who lost everything in a fire on Tuesday morning, May 9.

Mrs. Castilla-Byrne reached out to her own school community and to nearby Catholic schools in the Central Westchester Region of the Archdiocese of New York and requested help for the families. So far, these schools have stepped up with much-needed aid:

Mrs. Byrne confirmed that Our Lady of Victory School is doing a dress-down day today to raise money for the families as well. And more help is on the way, as others have reached out to help as well.

This heart-warming story demonstrates the strong love and community that binds the amazing people in Catholic schools together in times of need.

May 10th, 2023|

Sister Mary Grace Walsh, ASCJ, Ph.D. to serve as Superintendent of Schools for the Archdiocese of New York

The following statement was issued today by His Eminence Timothy Cardinal Dolan:

If we were not still observing the holy season of Lent, I would probably begin this letter with one word: Alleluia! But, since we still have a few more days to go until Easter, allow me to say that I write to share some very good news.

After an extensive search process, wide consultation, and much prayer, Sister Mary Grace Walsh, ASCJ, Ph.D., has accepted my invitation to serve as the next Superintendent of Schools for the Archdiocese of New York. She will succeed Mr. Michael Deegan, who, as you may recall, will be retiring from that role at the end of the current academic year, after many decades of splendid service to Catholic education here.

Sister Mary Grace is no stranger to the Archdiocese of New York. A member of the Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, a religious congregation of women with a particular devotion to education, she has served in the archdiocese as both a teacher and principal in our Catholic schools, as well as receiving a Ph.D. in Educational Administration/Church Leadership from Fordham University.

In addition, among her many other assignments, she has served as Provost for Education, Evangelization, and Catechesis for the Archdiocese of Hartford, and prior to that as Superintendent of Schools and Secretary of Education and Faith Formation for the Diocese of Bridgeport. Currently, Sister Mary Grace is President of Cor Jesu Academy in Saint Louis, a member of the Board of Directors of the National Catholic Educational Association, and a Trustee of Foundations in Education. She is a Provincial Councilor for her religious community and serves as a director on all of their corporate boards.

It’s no secret that our Catholic schools have faced tremendous challenges in recent years. It was just a few weeks ago that we announced the sad news that 12 of our excellent schools would cease operating after this school year. We’ve been fortunate to have Mike Deegan as the Superintendent of Schools to help us meet those challenges, and his upcoming retirement – which he delayed, at my request, for several years – would have left me anxious about our future had we not been able to find an educator of the quality of Sister Mary Grace Walsh to succeed him. She has already shared with me that she looks forward to serving in this archdiocese, and, in her words, “to working with the priests and pastors, the many dedicated teachers, principals, and staff in the schools, the benefactors who do so much to keep them running, and, most especially, the parents and students, all to give our young people an outstanding academic and spiritual formation, and a future full of hope.”

I trust that you join me in welcoming Sister Mary Grace back to the Archdiocese of New York, and in my promise to keep her, and the school community we serve, in our prayers.

A blessed Holy Week, and a joyous Easter to come. With prayerful best wishes, I am,

Faithfully in Christ,

+ Cardinal Timothy Dolan

Timothy Michael Cardinal Dolan

Archbishop of New York

March 27th, 2023|

Catholic Schools in the Archdiocese of New York Report Continued Excellence in Test Scores

ELA Scores Up +7.3% Math Scores Hold Nearly Steady to Pre-Pandemic Level

Actions Taken During Pandemic Proved to be Difference in Mitigating Learning Loss

As the 2022-2023 academic year begins, Catholic Schools in the Archdiocese of New York are proud to report their scores on state exams in both Mathematics and English Language Arts (ELA). Once again, the Catholic values-infused curriculum taught in the Archdiocese of New York has produced results that lead most schools in the state of New York.

Recently released scores for 2022 from the New York State Education Department (NYSED) for grades 3-8 reflect nearly 52% of students passed math and 64% of students passed reading.

Catholic Schools in the Archdiocese of New York have maintained this level of excellence with the support and leadership of His Eminence, Timothy Cardinal Dolan. Catholic Schools invested heavily in curriculum, student supports, professional development, technology, and social-emotional support for students and staff alike. These efforts mitigated and often eliminated the degree of learning loss experienced in school systems around the country.

“Our ELA scores jumped by 7.3 percent, while our math scores held steady with a slight decline from pre-pandemic levels,” said Mr. Michael J. Deegan, Superintendent of Schools in the Archdiocese of New York. “This is a testament to the dedication of our pastors, principals, and teachers in delivering a Christ-centered, academically excellent education. These results demonstrate that our work will continue to achieve positive outcomes and elevated expectations for all our students.”

In NYC (New York City) government schools, 49% of all students passed reading and 37.9% passed math. Looking nationally, while different from a state assessment, the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) conducted a special administration of the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) long-term trend (LTT) reading and mathematics assessments to examine student achievement during the COVID-19 pandemic which revealed average scores for age nine students in 2022 declined 5 points in reading and 7 points in mathematics compared to 2020.

Superintendent Deegan has previously noted that state test scores are one factor of academic success; the Catholic Schools in the Archdiocese of New York use multiple measures of student growth and achievement. Deegan recently wrote an op-ed “Wising up to Testing” In the New York Daily News- that outlines the commitment of Catholic Schools to the ongoing growth and achievement of their students using NWEA MAP. On the NWEA MAP test, the average Catholic school student consistently outpaces the 50th percentile compared to peers across the country.

“These results demonstrate that the proactive steps we took, the bold decisions we made—not the least of which was to open our doors for in-person learning in September 2020—made the difference in combating pandemic-induced learning loss,” said Mr. Deegan.

We are still welcoming admissions for the 2022-23 school year, and you can click here to apply for this year while space and financial aid are still available. Now is the ideal time to visit and select the right school for your child. Scholarships will be available: the earlier families apply, the better their chances of receiving financial aid.

Click here to view and download the press release.

October 5th, 2022|

How to Talk to Kids About School Shootings — A Parent Resource

Available today from Child Mind Institute, Rachel Ehmke, author of “How to Talk to Kids About School Shootings” offers strategies for dealing with anxiety — your kids’ and your own — in the aftermath of tragic school shootings. Click here to read the article online, and click here to download a pdf of the article.

Also available are three articles to help kids cope with scary situations:

Additional parent and student resources are available from ADAPP, including: Information and Resources on Mass Violence and Recent School Shootings.

June 14th, 2022|

Day of Prayers for Ukraine: More than 60,000 Catholic School Students, Faculty and Staff Gather to Pray

On Monday, March 28, more than 60,000 students, faculty, and staff of all Catholic schools across the Archdiocese of New York joined in spirit for a Day of Prayer for Ukraine. Please see this coverage of our Catholic schools’ Day of Prayer for Ukraine from our friends at the Catholic Faith Network. Utilizing a suggested curriculum and prayers provided by our Office of Catholic Identity, they discussed the situation facing families, just like their own. Our Catholic school community prayed for their safety and an end to all hatred, war, and violence in Ukraine, Eastern Europe, and around the world–even here at home.

Our mental health experts and crisis counselors at ADAPP have also provided sensitive, age-appropriate resources for conversations about war you may wish to have with your children and how to put those concerns into perspective in our part of the world. It is important to note that our Catholic schools have a good number of families from Ukraine and of Ukrainian descent, and we stand ready to support and comfort each of them in their time of need. We are also grateful to have received inquiries from relief organizations and will welcome with open arms, any Ukrainian children fleeing the violence in their homeland.

Please also see this variety of media coverage from our Day of Prayer:


PIX11 News


May God protect the people of Ukraine and those providing them comfort and relief.

The Office of the Superintendent of Schools

Photo: mural by students at St. Brendan School Bronx

March 30th, 2022|

Daily News: Catholic Ed. Surges

In this Daily News article, Joanne Kroeger writes: “After nearly two years of a devastating pandemic that has wreaked havoc on the nation’s school systems, the city’s Catholic schools have been experiencing something only a little short of a miracle.

Consistent safety protocols, combined with clear and steady communication with parents, have resulted in high in-person attendance levels — and a surge in enrollment after decades of decline.

In the haze of COVID closures, chaos and confusion, Catholic schools have become a safe haven for students. Since September 2020, 100% of the city’s 170 Catholic schools have remained open with very low infection rates even during the omicron surge‘, said Michael Deegan, superintendent of Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of New York.”

Click here to see the full article.

Click here to see an additional interview with Superintendent of Schools Michael J. Deegan.

February 7th, 2022|

New York Post Special Section: Catholic Schools Week Directory

In a special section devoted to Catholic Schools Week, New York Post reporter Mary Kay Linge writes: “Catholic schools build a foundation for children that will last a lifetime.” Superintendent of Schools in the Archdiocese of New York Michael J. Deegan is quoted in the article, saying: “Education is a fundamental pillar of the Catholic Church. We believe that parents are the primary educators of their children, and we respect and honor that role. Our schools support parents as they shape their children into becoming other-centered, generous and faithful adults.”

Click here or on the image below to read the full article!

January 31st, 2022|

Catholic New York Article: Latino Outreach Program ‘Like Talking With a Relative,’ Says One Parent

In an article in yesterday’s Catholic New York, Armando Machado reports, “At the archdiocesan School Superintendent’s Office, the Latino Outreach Program helps Hispanic families navigate the intricacies of school application, enrollment and financial aid procedures, in Spanish for parents and guardians who are not fluent in English or simply feel more at ease with their native language. The outreach efforts include the use of social media.”

Click here to read the full article!

January 13th, 2022|

Considering a New York City Catholic School for Your Family

In an article in New York Family that appeared on January 13, 2022, Jaclyn Griffith writes about the impact of school choice, saying:

It’s hard to imagine a decision that impacts your child’s present and future more than the decision of which school they will attend. Academics, community, relationships, location, guiding principles—all of these are sure to influence your family’s school choice. While considering the overwhelming number of options, it’s important for parents to understand the benefits of a Catholic school education in New York City.”

Click here to read the full article!

Photo: New York Family | Getty Images

January 13th, 2022|

2023 Winter Newsletter for New York Catholic School Families

Your encouragement and active participation play a crucial role in our students’ achievements. Continue reading for inspiring tales of our NY Catholic Schools accomplishments!

St. Theresa Welcomes Bishop and Superintendent for Fall Visit

Bishop Edmund Whalen and Superintendent Sister Mary Grace Walsh, A.S.C.J., Ph.D., engage with students in a classroom visit

This fall, St. Theresa of the Infant Jesus warmly welcomed Bishop Edmund Whalen. During his visit, Bishop Whalen offered a compelling message centered around fostering a deeper and more personal relationship with Jesus. Celebrating Mass as the principal celebrant, Bishop Whalen delivered a thought-provoking homily that resonated profoundly with the students, fostering a sense of spiritual connectedness and emphasizing the importance of faith in their lives.

Superintendent of Schools, Sister Mary Grace Walsh, ASCJ, Ph.D., accompanied Bishop Whalen throughout the visit, actively participating in classrooms and engaging with students. Both encouraged lively discussions, inspiring the young minds present and fostering a spirit of reflection and togetherness among the school community. For a detailed overview of Bishop Whalen’s visit, click here.

NJ Lt. Governor Embraces Homecoming at Holy Rosary School

NJ Lieutenant Governor Tahesha Way greeted by cameras at Holy Rosary School

New Jersey Lieutenant Governor Tahesha Way recently visited her Bronx-based alma maters: Cardinal Spellman High School and Holy Rosary School. Way, a lifelong public servant currently holding the positions of New Jersey’s Lieutenant Governor and Secretary of State, engaged with students, sharing insights on the role of education in her life and inspiring future leaders at her respective alma maters. Her emotional journey back to her educational roots highlighted the profound impact these schools had on her life.

Notably, Sister Patricia Anastasio, who served as the principal of Holy Rosary during Way’s final five years there, was there to welcome her back. The visit was documented by News12 BronxNBC 4 New York, and The GoodNewsroom, offering detailed accounts of her inspiring return.

Bishop Espaillat Spurs Renewed Dedication in Principals

Bishop Espaillat shares a moment with school leaders at the Bi-Annual Principals’ Meeting

At the latest Bi-Annual Principals’ Meeting, administrators throughout the Archdiocese of New York reaffirmed their unwavering commitment to the mission of Catholic education. The day commenced with a spiritually enriching Mass at St. Frances de Chantal Church in the Bronx, with Bishops Edmund Whalen and Joseph Espaillat concelebrating.

Following Mass, Bishop Espaillat delivered a powerful keynote on the Eucharistic Revival, delving into the crucial role of educators in shaping young minds. His message resonated deeply, urging administrators to reflect on their own spiritual practices and strategies for fostering a faith-filled environment. Principals left the meeting with a revitalized perspective and a renewed sense of purpose in their vocation, inspired by Bishop Espaillat’s call to deepen their spiritual commitment and connection with the students they serve.

Families Discover Catholic Schools Week

Families attend a kindergarten information event at Father Vincent Capodanno Catholic Academy

Our Catholic schools opened their doors wide during Discover Catholic Schools Week, extending a warm welcome to the broader community. This special week, serving as a companion to NCEA’s Catholic Schools Week in the spring, is designed to facilitate connections between schools and prospective families, donors, educators, and other community members.

Across many schools, open houses were facilitated with enrollment directors on hand to address admissions or financial aid inquiries from families. At Fr. Vincent Capodanno Catholic Academy, an emblematic program included an engaging science lab exploration, offering a firsthand look at the academy’s unique educational offerings.

Embrace the Season of Thanksgiving with #ArchGiving

As Thanksgiving approaches, we extend warm wishes to all our families. In the spirit of the season, consider taking a moment to express your appreciation for the blessings in your life by engaging in a simple act of kindness or leading group prayer. Whether through a shared meal, a heartfelt conversation, or a moment of quiet reflection, let the essence of Thanksgiving resonate in the love and warmth you share with one another.

Want to join us in spreading joy within the Catholic Schools community through our heartwarming Thanksgiving campaign throughout November? Parents, educators, and schools are invited to share their acts of kindness, community service projects, and festive celebrations on social media using the hashtag #ArchGiving. Follow along on Facebook, Instagram, and X (the platform formerly known as Twitter) to witness the collective impact of our shared commitment to giving back.

November 20th, 2023|

Staten Island Schools Are In The News!

Catholic Schools in Staten Island received some great coverage of their events from SI Live this week. Click on the links to view the articles:

An enchanting visit: The ‘Italian Fairy’ brings magic to St. Clare School in Great Kills to celebrate Italian Heritage Month, see the picture featured in SI live at right, and read the article at:

Creativity motivates learning at St. Clare School, see:

Sacred Heart School honors veterans, see: Veterans Day 2023: Sacred Heart School honors U.S. heroes (34 photos) –

St. Ann School students welcome children from the Seton Foundation for Learning:

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Picture above taken from SI Live at St. Clare School above.

November 14th, 2023|

2023 Year-End Newsletter for New York Catholic School Families

Are you caught up on the incredible news and accomplishments within our Catholic schools community? Don’t miss out on these exhilarating highlights!

Lights, Camera, Archies! Honoring Reel Talent in Student Multimedia Journalism

Stepping into the limelight after years of virtual showcases, the highly anticipated Archies competition, an archdiocesan-wide student video-journalism extravaganza, finally had its grand moment! At the Catholic Faith Network’s state-of-the-art studio facilities, talented elementary through high school groups gathered to celebrate their original videos, submitted in response to the theme, “How are we, as the body of Christ, called to serve?”

Presiding over the occasion, Msgr. Jim Vlaun, President and CEO of the Catholic Faith Network, joined forces with seasoned reporters and dynamic co-hosts Monica Morales of PIX11 and Lisa LaRocca of News12 Westchester to present coveted Archies awards and share invaluable insights with our budding student journalists. Don’t miss out on this electrifying showcase of talent and inspiration—tune in to the show here on our YouTube channel and witness the brilliance firsthand!

A Golden Legacy: Superintendent Deegan Recognizes 50+ Years of Service to Catholic Education

As we prepare to bid farewell to Superintendent Michael J. Deegan, we pause to reflect on and honor his exceptional contributions to Catholic education. His remarkable 50-year career as an esteemed educator and superintendent is exemplified by his recent receipt of the prestigious NCEA Lifetime Commitment to Catholic Education Award. This well-deserved recognition celebrates his unwavering dedication and the lasting impact he has made on the educational community.

We invite you to delve into the inspiring interviews with Superintendent Deegan on The Good Newsroom, PIX11, and the NCEA podcast. Through these conversations, he shares invaluable insights and inspiration that have shaped the landscape of Catholic education and touched the lives of countless students and educators.

Scaling New Heights: An Innovative Educational Model at St. Philip Neri School

As the scaffolding rises in front of St. Philip Neri, a captivating new chapter of educational excellence and community empowerment unfolds. The Archdiocese of New York is making significant strides in expanding education and community resources at St. Philip Neri in the Bronx. This ambitious undertaking encompasses not only structural renovations but also the introduction of the St. Philip Neri Catholic Education and Family Center—a groundbreaking pilot program designed to revolutionize the educational experience at St. Philip Neri School and provide comprehensive support.

Enrolled families and the wider community will have access to an elevated level of educational, faith, and social services offered by the archdiocesan offices. Delve into the inspiring details of this visionary initiative by exploring the extensive coverage provided by the National Catholic Reporter, News12Bx, and the Bronx Times.

Commencement Chronicles: Highlights From Our Graduation Ceremonies

As we approach the conclusion of the 2022-23 school year, our graduation ceremonies serve as a profound testament to the transformative impact of Catholic education. At St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Cardinal Dolan bestowed his blessings upon 2,000 Catholic high school seniors. The uplifting ceremony gained attention from CBS New York and The Good Newsroom. Meanwhile, on Staten Island, Cardinal Dolan proudly celebrated the outstanding accomplishments of nearly 600 elementary school graduates at Our Lady Star of the Sea. The memorable event was beautifully documented on SILive.

We would also like to extend our heartfelt congratulations to Christine Le, the valedictorian graduate of Our Lady of Refuge School. This fall, Christine will be joining her two sisters at the prestigious Bronx High School of Science. The Le family’s heartwarming story can be found on News12, adding to the inspiring narratives of success within our community.

Summer Learning Made Fun: Unlock Educational Resources Through Ready4K!

We encourage families to take advantage of the summer break to keep their child’s skills sharp, particularly our youngest learners. Our valued partners at Ready4K have curated a collection of helpful resources that can make learning enjoyable and engaging. We invite you to explore the informative flyers they have prepared, available in both English and Spanish:

These materials offer valuable tips and activities to promote learning and growth during the summer months. Let’s make this summer a time of continued learning and exploration for our children!

June 15th, 2023|

PIX11: Superintendent of Schools of the Archdiocese of New York, Michael Deegan, is retiring

Join us in watching this recent PIX11 interview with Monica Morales, showcasing an exclusive tribute to Superintendent Michael J. Deegan. After an exceptional 50-year career as an esteemed educator and superintendent, Mr. Deegan will be retiring in August. Don’t miss this insightful interview, which features a special appearance by Cardinal Dolan.

Click here to watch the interview!

May 22nd, 2023|

Child Nutrition Program for Catholic Schools Issues a Request for Bids for 2023-24 School Year

IMPORTANT NOTICE: REQUEST FOR BIDS BY THE ARCHDIOCESE OF NEW YORK DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION for National School Breakfast, Lunch, Special Milk, Fresh Fruit & Vegetable, and After-School Snack Programs

Sealed bids are requested by the Child Nutrition Program, Archdiocese of New York, Department of Education (“CNP”), for a contract beginning in school year 2023/2024, for services as a food vendor, including the furnishing and delivery of required foods and supplies for CNP’s National School Breakfast, Lunch, Special Milk, Fresh Fruit & Vegetable, and After School Snack Programs (collectively referred to as the “Programs”). A separate bid may be submitted for food service operations (pre-made meal preparation and delivery) of Universal Pre-K Schools on Staten Island.

All those interested in submitting bids may obtain Request for Bid packages, containing details and specifications of the Programs beginning Wednesday, May 17, 2023 at 12:00 p.m. EST by e-mailing a request to There will be a question-and-answer session open to all interested bidders to be held on Thursday, May 25, 2023 at 12:00 p.m. EST. Please contact to obtain the meeting invitation and link to the virtual Q & A session.

From May 17, 2023 to June 5, 2023 at 3:00 p.m. EST, all interested bidders are welcome to submit any questions electronically via the above e-mail address with addenda being distributed to all vendors. Bids in sealed envelopes must be submitted to HMB Consultants, LLC, at 3 Douglas Lane, Voorheesville, NY 12186 up to and including Friday, June 9, 2023 at 3:00 p.m. EST. All bids will be opened on Wednesday, June 14, 2023 in the CNP office of the Archdiocese of New York. The successful bidder(s) will be notified by telephone or e-mail after 12 p.m. EST on Friday, June 16, 2023, with regular mail confirmation to follow.

May 16th, 2023|

Jann Amato to Become Regional Superintendent of Staten Island Catholic Schools, effective August 2023

Superintendent of Schools, Michael J. Deegan, is happy to announce the appointment of Jann Amato as the new Regional Superintendent of Staten Island,  effective August 2023.

Mr. Deegan is grateful to the members of the search committee and thanks Msgr. William Belford, Pastor of St. Teresa of the Infant Jesus, Deacon James Cowan, Chair of the Regional Board of Trustees for Catholic Schools of Staten Island, Tara Hynes, Principal of Our Lady of Good Counsel,  Vincent Sadowski, Principal of  St. Patrick School, Ray Vitiello, Regional Superintendent of Northeast/East Bronx,  Joanne Walsh, Associate Superintendent of Early Childhood, and Sr. Anne Massell, Associate Superintendent for Leadership for their insight and service to the interview and search process.

Ms. Amato has over 23 years of experience in the Archdiocese of New York. She holds New York State Certification in School Building Leadership, a Master of Education in School Counseling, and New York State Certification as a Permanent School Counselor. Since 2019, Ms. Amato has been the Principal of Notre Dame Academy High School on Staten Island. Previously, she has been a teacher, school counselor, academic dean, and an assistant principal.

Ms. Amato, in her role as Regional Superintendent of Staten Island, will assume a broad range of responsibilities, primarily the strengthening of solid Catholic faith communities, the monitoring and assessing of the academic achievements of the schools, the oversight of the regional office staff and the promotion of student recruitment and marketing strategies to all schools in her region. Ms. Amato will continue to build upon the strong foundation formed through the extraordinary leadership and legacy of Mrs. Zoilita Herrera, who faithfully served Staten Island as Regional Superintendent, Principal, and Teacher over the last 44 years.

Please join me in congratulating and welcoming Ms. Amato to her new role. We look forward to her leadership on Staten Island and the impact she will have on our Catholic Schools.


Mr. Michael J. Deegan
Superintendent of Schools
Archdiocese of New York

May 1st, 2023|

Catholic Schools Invite Students to Register Today for This Year’s FREE Summer Journey!

Our Catholic school families are invited to register for our upcoming Summer Journey program being hosted by Catholic Schools across the Archdiocese of New York. We’re very excited to keep our doors open for the summer and provide our students with a free, safe, fun, and academic-driven learning experience. This program blends engaging, project-based learning with plenty of fun, and gives our kids an opportunity to reinforce what they are learning during this school year.

Here are the details:

  • Who should enroll: Students in Grades K-7 who are currently enrolled in an Archdiocese of New York Catholic School
  • When is the program being held: Monday through Thursday, from July 5th to August 10th
  • Where: Virtual or in-person options are available

A few of the great features of Summer Journey:

  • Exciting Field Trips: We get outside with visits to nature centers, museums, and landmarks in our area.
  • Local Instructors: Students will be learning from the experienced staff who work in and know the host schools.
  • Hands-On Learning: This program offers exciting lessons that encourage growth through participation and touch.
  • Engaging Curriculum: Summer Journey brings an innovative approach to educate students about the world they live in today.
  • Movement Breaks: We get kids and staff moving to teach them how to use their energy productively.

If you’re interested in learning more about it or looking for how to sign up, please visit

Registration is easy and takes less than three minutes to complete. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our staff at or submit a question directly through the website.

April 18th, 2023|
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