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2016 in the diocese

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The future and the past were major themes in the Diocese of Wilmington during an eventful year

Highlights of 2016 in the Diocese of Wilmington included a lot of history and plans to the future.

The future was a theme of Bishop Malooly’s pastoral letter, issued in May on Pentecost Sunday, “Together in the Spirit – A Pastoral Vision.” Read more »

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Why they’re feeling ‘Blue’ at St. John the Beloved

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School community celebrates first designation as ‘Blue Ribbon School’ by U.S. Dept. of Education

 

WILMINGTON — Rising test scores, high school acceptances and community service are among the things a group of eighth-grade students at St. John the Beloved said set their school apart and why it has been recognized as a 2016 Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education.

St. John’s is one of five schools in Delaware to receive the designation. Christ the Teacher Catholic School was also honored. No more than 50 nonpublic schools nationwide may be named Blue Ribbon schools in a given year. 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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National Catholic education leader visits schools in diocese

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GLASGOW – In his role as president of the National Catholic Education Association, Tom Burnford visits schools across the United States. On Sept. 1, he was in the Diocese of Wilmington, where his travels took him to four schools, including Christ the Teacher. Read more »

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More student and school news

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St. Elizabeth student places in essay contest

WILMINGTON – St. Elizabeth junior Jacob Rice is the second-place winner in this year’s Memphis Belle essay contest, the school has announced. The contest, which began this year, is sponsored by Lausanne Collegiate School in Memphis, Tenn. Read more »

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Finding peace of mind after a concussion: Schools in diocese to begin baseline brain function testing

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What should have been a routine trip to the store and dinner last October turned into a multi-month nightmare for Bella Raytick. She accidentally hit her head on the car door when she opened it. By the time Bella and her mother, Ann Casapulla, reached the store, the signs of a concussion were already evident.

“Instantly I had a headache, and my eyes hurt,” Bella said. “When we got to Staples, it’s so bright in there, it hurt my head so bad.”

Bella, then in seventh grade at All Saints Catholic School in Elsmere, got through dinner, but she couldn’t think straight or complete simple tasks. She went to school the next day, which was Halloween. That proved to be a mistake. Read more »

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St. Mark’s, St. Thomas More students win art awards

WILMINGTON — Four St. Mark’s High School and seven St. Thomas More students have received Delaware Regional Scholastic Art Awards.

From St. Mark’s, seniors Spencer Shannon and Kara Barbes each were Silver Key winners. Shannon was recognized for mixed media, Barbes for painting. Their work was on display at the Arts Center/Gallery at Delaware State University in Dover until Feb. 11. That evening, all award winners were honored.

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