Catholic School Students to Give Hero’s Welcome to Returning Military Chaplain

January 12, 2012

Students from St. Raphael School and St. Raphael Nursery School in Rockville are planning another hero’s welcome, this time for an Army chaplain, 1st Lt. Grant Gaskin.

Friday, January 13, 2012
10:00 a.m.
St. Raphael School
1513 Dunster Road
Rockville, MD

Rev. Gaskin, 45, a priest at St. Raphael parish from 2006 to 2008, is back in the United States after serving as a military chaplain in Afghanistan, where he was deployed since last February. During his visit to the parish and school, he will be greeted by the staff and students with American flags and yellow ribbons.

Rev. Gaskin was born in Sudbury, England, and has lived in the United States since he was 7. A graduate of Xavier University in New Orleans, he is a scuba diver and former computer network professional who builds computers for a hobby. He went to seminary school at Theological College, which is affiliated with The Catholic University of America. He was ordained in 2006, and St. Raphael was his first parish assignment.

St. Raphael School and St. Raphael Nursery School have organized similar receptions twice before. In March 2011, the students celebrated the homecoming of Dr. David Schroder, a Navy commander. In September 2011, the students surprised Navy Lt. Cmdr. Jaime Salazar with a homecoming reception. Both men are fathers of children at the school.

St. Raphael School opened in 2006 and is a Catholic school for kindergarten through the seventh grade, expanding to the eighth grade in 2013. St. Raphael Nursery School was established in 1969.

The Archdiocese of Washington has 98 early childhood, elementary, middle and high schools. The teaching staff is made up of over 3,000 and the total student enrollment is nearly 28,000. Schools in the archdiocese have been awarded the U.S. Department of Education’s Blue Ribbon of Excellence 28 times. The Archdiocese of Washington is home to over 600,000 Catholics, 140 parishes and 98 Catholic schools, located in Washington, DC and five Maryland counties: Calvert, Charles, Montgomery, Prince George’s and St. Mary’s.

Brie Hall
Office of Communications
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