Catholic Schools Start Year with Opening Mass and Awards

“We should begin this new year with enthusiasm, excitement and joy because we recognize that what we are doing is truly what Christ asks of us.”

August 20, 2012

Catholic school principals, teachers and staff from across the Archdiocese of Washington gathered at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception to open the school year with a Mass celebrated by Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington. Bishop Francisco González, S.F. and Bishop Leonard Olivier, S.V.D. auxiliary bishops of Washington, concelebrated the Mass along with many priests of the archdiocese.

“At the heart of our Catholic faith, identity and life is the Eucharist,” said Cardinal Wuerl in his homily. “Thus there is no more fitting way for us to begin this new academic year than by joining ourselves with Christ in the great Eucharistic mystery of our redemption.” He continued with a reflection on the Gospel reading (Matthew 19:16-22) of the young man who asked Jesus what he must do to gain eternal life and drew the parallel to what teachers encounter regularly in classrooms across the archdiocese.

“Our role in Catholic education is to provide a frame of reference for a life that reflects the words of everlasting life…All around us is a world with a variety of lifestyles, values, pathways, all drawing their inspiration from sources very different from the Gospel. And here you and I are, voices in this great maze of self-serving values. We are called to hold up the image of Jesus, His message, His Gospel, His kingdom.”

Following the Mass, Superintendent of Catholic Schools, Deacon Bert L’Homme recognized teachers and principals celebrating more than 25 years of service, as well as schools marking significant anniversaries.

Catholic elementary schools in the Archdiocese of Washington open on Monday, August 27. There are 97 early learning, elementary and secondary Catholic schools serving nearly 28,000 students in the District of Columbia and Calvert, Charles, Montgomery, Prince George’s and St. Mary’s counties in Maryland.

Below is a list of schools marking special anniversaries this year, followed by the list of thirty Catholic school educators commemorating significant years of service with the schools in the Archdiocese of Washington.

Schools
• Montgomery County: Academy of the Holy Cross (Kensington), 145 years
• Charles County: Archbishop Neale School (La Plata), 85 years
• Prince George’s County: St. Columba (Oxon Hill), 50 years
• Prince George’s County: St. John the Baptist Catholic School (Clinton), 50 years
• Prince George’s County: St. Pius X Regional School (Bowie), 50 years
• Montgomery County: St. Bartholomew Catholic School (Bethesda), 50 years

Educators

Twenty-Five Years
• Dorothy Butler – Bishop McNamara High School, Forestville, Maryland
• Therese Capo – Saint John the Baptist Catholic School, Silver Spring, Maryland
• Elizabeth Carroccio – The Academy of the Holy Cross, Kensington, Maryland
• Virginia Cooper – Saint Bernadette School, Silver Spring, Maryland
• Laura Fetters – Blessed Sacrament School, Washington, DC
• Cindy Flores – Saint Columba School, Oxon Hill, Maryland
• Matthew Goyette – Bishop McNamara High School, Forestville, Maryland
• JoAnne Hall – Saint Bartholomew School, Bethesda, Maryland
• Saiedeh Khalili – Bishop McNamara High School, Forestville, Maryland
• Elizabeth Lynn – Saint Columba School, Oxon Hill, Maryland
• Colleen Molloy – Blessed Sacrament School, Washington, DC
• Judy Prendergast – Saint Pius X Regional School, Bowie, Maryland
• Brenda Stephens – Bishop McNamara High School, Forestville, Maryland

Thirty Years
• Patricia Bulcavage – Saint Columba School, Oxon Hill, Maryland
• Laura Galbreath – Saint Columba School, Oxon Hill, Maryland
• Laurie Maier – Saint Mary’s School, Landover Hills, Maryland
• Elaine Nortz – Blessed Sacrament School, Washington, DC
• Joyce Scanlon – Saint Columba School, Oxon Hill, Maryland
• Clare Treichel – Bishop McNamara High School, Forestville, Maryland
• Margaret C. Walsh – Saint Mary of the Mills School, Laurel Maryland
• Julie Ann Weller – Saint Michael’s School, Ridge, Maryland
• Melissa Werning – Saint Elizabeth School, Rockville, Maryland
• M. Christopher Williams – Bishop McNamara High School, Forestville, Maryland

Thirty-Five Years
• Alfred Odierno – Bishop McNamara High School, Forestville, Maryland

Forty Years
• Catherine Clancy – Saint Mary of the Assumption School, Upper Marlboro, MD
• William Clancy – Saint Mary of the Assumption School, Upper Marlboro, MD
• Josephine Cofino – Holy Redeemer School, Kensington, Maryland
• Robert Love – Saint Pius X Regional School, Bowie, Maryland
• Richard Middleton – Bishop McNamara High School, Forestville, Maryland
• Sister Sharon Mihm, C.S.C. – Saint Martin of Tours School, Gaithersburg, Maryland

The Archdiocese of Washington is home to over 600,000 Catholics living in Washington, DC and five Maryland counties: Calvert, Charles, Montgomery, Prince George’s and St. Mary’s.

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