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St. John the Beloved, Christ the Teacher schools receive national honor

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Two Catholic schools in the Diocese of Wilmington — St. John the Beloved School in Wilmington and Christ the Teacher Catholic School in Newark —have been honored as National Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence by the U.S. Department of Education.

The announcement was made Sept. 28, as this issue of The Dialog went to press. Read more »

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Catholic school students will discuss ‘fruit of the Spirit’ in classes this year

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Most Catholics don’t think of frogs when they think of the fruits of the Holy Spirit.

That’s because most Catholics aren’t in Kelly MacPherson’s second-grade class at Most Blessed Sacrament School in Berlin, Md. The frog is her mascot with an acronym: Faithfully Rely On God.

When MacPherson learned about a diocese-wide emphasis this year on the fruits of the Holy Spirit, it seemed only natural to connect them with frogs. Aide Sherry Brannon thought of making frog hand puppets, each of which carries the name of one of the fruits – love (charity), joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control – and, on one hand, a picture of an actual fruit, such as an orange or a plum. Read more »

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All Saints’ new principal gets to focus on one school, not 15

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ELSMERE — A desire to be back in a school building led Mary Elizabeth Muir to All Saints Catholic School in Elsmere, where she has become its second principal. Muir spent most of the summer at All Saints, meeting with teachers and welcoming potential new families.

She had been a teacher and principal at various schools until becoming the chief academic officer for the Independence Mission Schools, a group of 15 Catholic schools that serve urban youth in Philadelphia. (One of the schools is in Delaware County, Pa.) Muir supervised principals and oversaw curriculum and instruction at the school formerly run by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Read more »

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Spirituality Day for Catholic school educators

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Bishop Barres calls teachers to be exclamation points in classrooms radiating ‘soul of Catholic education’

WILMINGTON — An old friend of Catholic schools in the Diocese of Wilmington returned in August to remind teachers that they have a crucial role in the educational and spiritual development of children.

“The soul of Catholic education radiates from us,” Bishop John Barres of Allentown said at the annual Spirituality Day hosted by the diocesan Office for Catholic Schools Aug. 22 at St. Mark’s High School. “We’re all called here today to be exclamation points in Catholic education.” Read more »

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Celebrating 185 years in Wilmington, St. Peter Cathedral school aims for increased visibility

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WILMINGTON — Over the years, as Catholics and Catholic schools have left Wilmington’s downtown, one presence has remained constant. St. Peter Cathedral School has been a fixture in West Center City for 185 years, as have the Daughters of Charity, who have staffed the school since 1831.

The school is celebrating those 185 years with a renewed push to get those associated with the school invested in St. Peter’s again. St. Peter’s has reached out to alumni, former teachers, the local business community and others to let them know what the school offers to families from Wilmington and elsewhere. Read more »

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“My Favorite Catholic School Teacher”

March 19th, 2016 Posted in Education and Careers, Featured

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We asked Dialog readers to send us memories of their favorite teachers in Catholic school. The following fond memories are edited excerpts from the accounts submitted by our readers about the teachers who influenced their lives. Read more »

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President at SS. Peter and Paul School in Easton was ‘moved’ by pope

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EASTON, Md. – Becoming Catholic was nothing David Rath had considered before three years ago, even though he attended both Catholic Mass with his wife and twin children as well as Episcopal services every weekend.

The lifelong Episcopalian was content with his life and his job as headmaster of Ascension Episcopal School in Lafayette, La. Read more »

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Mount Aviat maintenance man adds art to his tools

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Bruce Parlier’s work has benefited Mount Aviat and Oblate Sisters, who helped him in time of need

 

CHILDS, Md. — The atmosphere around Mount Aviat Academy has been made cheerier thanks to the talents of Elkton artist Bruce Parlier, who also happens to be the school’s part-time maintenance man.

Parlier, 57, has been working in art since he was a kid in Claymont, Del. He specializes in wall murals, having done them on buildings, a lot of restaurants and on the inside and outside walls of people’s homes. He likes to do religious images and donates pieces of his work each year to the Oblate Sisters of St. Francis de Sales, who operate Mount Aviat, for their auction and Christmas bazaar. Read more »

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Leading a Renaissance at Holy Angels

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Rob Swanson takes students on a theater production ‘journey’

 

NEWARK – Once a year, the cafeteria at Holy Angels School becomes a theater, and the eighth-grade students are characters from Elizabethan England. It has been that way since 1998, thanks to the school’s Renaissance man, Rob Swanson.

Swanson taught music at Holy Angels from 1989-2000, but he has stayed on once a week to bring theater, music and dance to eighth-grade students. He loves watching the students’ creative juices flow and imparting the importance of the arts. Read more »

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Most Maryland voters would support a state education credit

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Maryland voters favor a proposal to create an education credit that would provide business a tax credit worth about 60 percent of their donations toward education assistance for the state’s students.

According to the results of a survey released last November by Opinion Works, a polling organization based in Annapolis, “more than six in 10 voters support the proposal and place great value on its potential to help lower- and middle-income families obtain a quality education.” Read more »

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