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Catholic teachers help build saints

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Before classes begin, diocesan educators attended Spirituality Day

MILLTOWN — Teachers and administrators from Catholic schools from all over the Diocese of Wilmington received a reminder of why what they do is so important during their annual Spirituality Day, which was held Aug. 28 at St. Mark’s High School.

That message was reinforced by two familiar faces, Bishop Malooly and superintendent of schools Lou De Angelo, and by the keynote speaker, Father Stephen D. Thorne, pastor of St. Martin de Porres Parish in Philadelphia and chaplain of Neumann University in Aston, Pa. Read more »

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New Spartans Get Connected

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St. Mark’s High School freshmen meet up during the summer before school officially begins

MILLTOWN — High school can be an intimidating experience, particularly for freshmen coming in from various middle schools. But at St. Mark’s, the members of the Class of 2021 are already old friends.

Nearly all of the incoming students have met each other through the school’s annual Get Connected program, which takes a few days out of the summer to bring everyone together. Valerie Wright, an English teacher and sophomore class moderator, said Get Connected started in 2012 and has been a big hit. Read more »

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Mount Aviat students embarking on Google Expeditions

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Virtual reality technology opens up a ‘being there’ door to lessons in history, biology to pupils and teachers

CHILDS, Md. — There’s no reason for students at Mount Aviat Academy to just talk about history or science or social studies any longer. Now, they can travel to 1940s Europe in the aftermath of World War II. They can visit the seabed in search of exotic ocean creatures. Or they can take a tour of the heart. Read more »

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Catholic Schools: Believe, learn, serve, lead, succeed

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As we begin a new school year, allow me to quiz what you remember about grammar in English Language Arts.

Q1 – What are the eight parts of speech?

A1 – If you remember at least five parts of speech, you’re doing okay. The ones you probably recall are noun, pronoun, verb, adjective, and adverb. (If you read to the conclusion of this essay, you’ll learn the missing three parts of speech.)

Q2 – What is a verb?

A2 – A verb is an action word. Right! Everyone should have this answer.

As you glance back at the title of this essay, you will see that the five words describing what Catholic Schools do are all verbs. Catholic schools are about actions. Let’s look a bit more deeply into the “verbs of Catholic schools.”

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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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