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: