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Former NFL and UD star extols Catholic life built on faith and family

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Football has always been an important part of Rich Gannon’s life, from St. Joseph’s Prep in Phil-adelphia to the University of Delaware to 17 seasons in the National Football League.

In fact, when he graduated from Delaware, Gannon held 21 Blue Hens records.

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Slain officer was Corpus Christi and Salesianum graduate

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Joe Szczerba had a plan when he went to work Sept. 15, said Oblate Father John Fisher. On his way home, he would stop at his brother Ed’s house and finalize where everyone would park two days later at Lincoln Financial Field in South Philadelphia, where Ed’s son, Andrew, would play football for Penn State against Temple.

Andrew Szczerba caught two passes that day for the Nittany Lions, but his uncle was not there to see him. In fact, Andrew played with a heavy heart after learning early the morning of Sept. 16 that his uncle, New Castle County Police Lt. Joseph Szczerba, 44, was killed after being stabbed in the neck during an altercation in Penn Acres, a neighborhood in Wilmington Manor. He was treated on the scene by fellow officers and emergency personnel but was pronounced dead after being transported to Christiana Hospital.
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Former NFL and UD star proud to be Catholic

October 13th, 2011 Posted in Our Diocese

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Football has always been an important part of Rich Gannon’s life, from St. Joseph’s Prep in Phil-adelphia to the University of Delaware to 17 seasons in the National Football League.

In fact, when he graduated from Delaware, Gannon held 21 Blue Hens records.

Between 1987 and 2004, he quarterbacked four different teams in the NFL, including an amazing four-year run as the starter for the Oakland Raiders. From 1999-2002, Gannon started all 64 of the team’s games, appearing in the Pro Bowl each season and being named the consensus league most valuable player in 2002. That season ended with a Super Bowl appearance, a loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
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Immaculate Conception family provides free school supplies to those in need

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ELKTON, Md. — The summer checklist for some high school students might look something like this: roll out of bed around 11, check Facebook, go to work, hit the pool, catch a movie.

For most, it does not include raising money for backpacks and school supplies for more than 500 children, unless you are part of the Kemp family of Immaculate Conception Parish in Elkton, Md. Beginning with Erica 10 years ago, then Laura Jeanne, Caroline and now Bryson, the drive now provides new school supplies to more than 500 children each year.

“We consider this serving the Lord,” said their mother, Mary.
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Bright lights shining on St. Mark’s sports at night

October 13th, 2011 Posted in Education and Careers Tags: , ,

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WILMINGTON – For the first time in the school’s history, St. Mark’s was to host an athletic contest under the lights on campus the weekend [after this edition of The Dialog went to press]. The Spartans were scheduled to battle Newark in football Saturday night.

According to principal Mark Freund, the ability to play night games on campus has been a dream of many in the school community almost since St. Mark’s opened in 1969. It was made possible at this time thanks to a “generous donation” by David and Lisa Spartin, whose son, Matthew, graduated this past June.
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Salesianum School adding a $6 million fitness center

October 13th, 2011 Posted in Education and Careers Tags: ,

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New Castle developer Anthony N. Fusco, whose family has long been associated with Salesianum School and with philanthropy in the Wilmington area, has committed $2 million toward the school’s latest capital campaign which will be used to help build a new strength and conditioning center.

The gift is among the largest Salesianum has ever received, and the largest of this campaign, said Oblate of St. Francis de Sales Father James E. Dalton, who was the president of the school when the pledge was made in the spring. It’s part of the $8 million “Taking Hold: The Campaign for Salesianum,” which gets its name the school’s motto, “Tenui Nec Dimittam,” Latin for “I have taken hold, and I will not let go.”
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New courses, logos, laptops, teachers at Catholic highs

October 13th, 2011 Posted in Education and Careers

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Students are discovering the following new aspects to their days at Catholic high schools in the diocese this year.

St. Mark’s High School in Wilmington is moving its newspaper entirely online. The subject matter will not change, but the student staff plans to add videos and slideshows.

The Spartans also feature a revamped sports logo for 2011-12. The new look was designed by Rick Brozek, a 1978 alumnus.

For the first time, St. Thomas More Preparatory School in Magnolia will have a teacher who once sat in the classrooms. Sara Spencer Passon, who graduated in 2001, has joined the faculty, the first grad to come back as a teacher.
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Knowledge now falling into the laptops of Archmere students

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CLAYMONT — When Archmere Academy administrators informed students last year that each of them would be receiving a laptop from the school beginning this year, Kelsey Kushner was not impressed.

“I thought it was the worst idea ever,” the senior said last week. “I was so used to taking notes, that was the way I studied, and I didn’t want to change anything, especially not for senior year.”

Kushner said she had found the requirement to have a laptop a distraction at her previous school, but her outlook is changing as the program evolves at Archmere. “It’s just easier to have everything in one spot.”
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Spirituality an important part of Neumann counseling course

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ASTON, Pa. — Although she is not Catholic, Georgette Hall-Peterson appreciates how the Franciscan charism permeates the pastoral care and counseling program at Neumann University.

“The Franciscan way of living and way of relating to each other is paramount. You see it reflected all through the program,” said Hall-Peterson, an adjunct professor in the graduate school of pastoral counseling at Neumann.

Hall-Peterson teaches a course in marriage and family counseling, which includes couples, premarital and family therapy. She said she has not seen the spiritual aspect of therapy integrated into the program at other schools, but she likes that about Neumann.
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Teens, who remember 9-11, still learning its lessons

October 13th, 2011 Posted in Youth

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Taylor Strauss lived in Brooklyn, N.Y., at the time of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, and she remembers that day because her mother picked her up early from preschool and took her to Toys R Us to get a new Barbie.

“I just basically remember her getting a call from my dad saying, ‘Have you seen the news, have you heard?’ just kind of frantic and in a panic,” the Ursuline Academy freshman recalled last week.
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