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 Bronx, NBC 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.