February 24, 2020

Dear Catholic Schools Community,

Our current branding carries the motto “Faith-Based, Future-Focused”. While it has the ring of 21st century marketing, that slogan has always described our mission. From the days of Saint Frances Cabrini and Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton, everything that happens in each classroom begins and ends with the teachings of Jesus Christ. And yes, I’d say as those who introduced organized education to New York, our forebearers were definitely future focused.

I write to you today with very exciting news that carries on the bold spirit of old school Catholic education in New York. Indeed, we are in some ways re-imagining what we invented in the 1800s.

Please click on this link to a Catholic New York article about the creation of four new Catholic schools in three of our regions. September will see the opening of two new schools in Staten Island, with Manhattan and Rockland County each opening one new school. All of these new entities, created by bringing together two school communities respectively, will not only strengthen the foundation of Catholic education but also will provide the necessary room for the years of growth we anticipate will follow these developments.

These new ventures include enhanced early childhood education as well as enriched Science, Technology, Religion, Engineering, Art and Mathematics (STREAM) programs and curriculum that serve the needs of students of all abilities.

Please read the article and get excited. The future is ours, and we know God will be with us every step of the way.


Mr. Michael J. Deegan

Superintendent of Schools

Archdiocese of New York