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‘This is not a job, but a way of life’

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By Corinne Furey

Special to The Dialog

New Ursuline president Trisha Medeiros excited about 21st-century learning, return to Delaware

 

Trisha Medeiros took over as president at Ursuline Academy on July 1, succeeding Cathie Field Lloyd, who retired after 10 years. Medeiros comes to Ursuline from Stuart Country Day School of the Sacred Heart in Princeton, N.J., where she was head of the upper school for five years. Previously, she held a number of positions over a decade at Wilmington’s Tower Hill School, including assistant head of the upper school.

She and her husband, Norm, have two children, Ava, 12, and Mack, 9.

Medeiros has a doctorate in education from the University of Delaware. She met with Corinne Furey, a rising sophomore, in June. Their conversation, provided by the school, follows. It has been edited for length and clarity. Read more »

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Talk, display make Holocaust very real at Padua

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Woman relates story of being born in China, which welcomed Jews during WWII when others wouldn’t

 

WILMINGTON — More than 70 years have passed since the end of World War II, but the memories remain for those who lived through it, while others who weren’t alive in the 1940s have taken an interest in that part of history.

Two such people were at Padua Academy earlier this month. Yvonne Daniel spoke about her experience as a young child from a group of thousands of Jewish people who lived in Shanghai, China, during the war. In fact, she was born there. Read more »

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Oblate provincial to be president of DeSales University

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Father James J. Greenfield has been leader of the Wilmington-Philadelphia Province since 2008

 

Father James J. Greenfield, provincial of the Wilmington-Philadelphia Province of the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales since 2008, has been elected the fourth president of DeSales University in Center Valley, Pa., effective next Jan. 1, the university announced March 16.

Father Greenfield, 55, a member of the university’s board of trustees for nearly 15 years, will be the first alumnus of DeSales to become its president. He graduated from what was then called Allentown College of St. Francis de Sales in 1984 with a degree in politics. He succeeds Oblate Father Bernard F. O’Connor, who has served since 1999. Read more »

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Serviam girls have stories to tell

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Storytelling class with award-winning Jesse Berdinka will culminate with event in spring

 

NEW CASTLE – The seventh- and eighth-grade students at Serviam Girls Academy have stories to tell. And they have one of the region’s best storytellers around to help them.

Since the fall, the students at the all-girls middle school have met once a month with Jesse Berdinka, a former Marine and movie producer who last year won Philadelphia’s Moth Story Jam GrandSLAM, a premier storytelling contest sponsored by WXPN radio and Reader’s Digest. It is part of teacher Blair Borish’s English language arts class. Read more »

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Salesianum graduate Tim Furlong credits his education with helping to guide his TV career

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Tim Furlong is in your living room most nights of the week, reporting on the various local issues for NBC10 in Philadelphia. He’s a local celebrity around the Delaware Valley, particularly known for his work for the station in Delaware.

But what the north Wilmington resident wants you to know is that, at heart, he’s just like everyone else. He’s a husband, father and neighbor, and a strong believer in Catholic education. Read more »

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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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