Catholic Schools Start Year with Opening Mass and Awards

August 20, 2010

Nearly 2,000 Catholic school principals, teachers and staff from across the Archdiocese of Washington will gather to open the school year with a Mass celebrated by Washington Archbishop Donald W. Wuerl, remarks from the new Catholic schools superintendent and a ceremony honoring teachers celebrating 25 to 40 years of service and schools marking 50 to 95 years in the community:

Monday, August 23, 2010
10:00 a.m. Mass (remarks and ceremony: approx. 11:00 a.m.)
Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
400 Michigan Ave., NE, Washington, DC

The Mass will be the first time the new superintendent, Deacon Bert L’Homme, PhD, will meet with the entire archdiocesan Catholic school community. Deacon L’Homme came to the Archdiocese of Washington from the Children’s Defense Fund; he previously was school superintendent for Franklin County, North Carolina. He will address the educators immediately after Mass. (Pronunciation of L’Homme is lŭm.)

Catholic elementary schools in Calvert and St. Mary’s counties open on Tuesday, August 24; schools in Charles County on Monday, August 30 and schools in Washington, DC, Montgomery and Prince George’s counties on Tuesday, August 31.

There are 98 early learning, elementary and secondary Catholic schools with 28,000 students in the District of Columbia and Calvert, Charles, Mongtomery, Prince George’s and St. Mary’s counties in Maryland.

Below is a list of schools and the educators marking special anniversaries this year:


• Charles County: St. Mary School (Bryantown), 95 years
• Montgomery County: St. Martin of Tours School (Gaithersburg), 85 years
• Prince George’s County: St. Mary of the Assumption School (Upper Marlboro), 85 years and St. Philip the Apostle School (Camp Springs), 50 years.

Principals and teachers:

Forty seven Catholic elementary school educators are commemorating significant years of service with the schools in the Archdiocese of Washington this year:

Washington, DC
• 40 years: John DeVereaux, St. Anthony School (NE)
• 35 years: Sr. Joette Ebert, OSF, St. Anthony School (NE)
• 30 years: William Eager, St. Anthony School (NE); Christine M. Sartori, Archbishop Carroll High School (NE)
• 25 years: Joan Nolte, St. Anthony School (NE)

Montgomery County
• 40 years: Leonila DiRaimo, St. Catherine Labouré (Wheaton); Marianne Moore, St. John the Baptist School (Silver Spring); and Sr. Doreen Willis, IHM, St. John the Evangelist School (Silver Spring)
• 35 years: Mary Lynne Boss, Academy of the Holy Cross (Kensington)
• 30 years: Sr. Kathleen Lannak, IHM, St. John the Evangelist School (Silver Spring); Mary Martino and Betty Wagaman, Academy of the Holy Cross (Kensington); Margaret Konieczka, St. Andrew Apostle School (Silver Spring)
• 25 years: Marcy Aguilar, St. Catherine Labouré School (Wheaton); Rita Burke, St. Jane Frances de Chantal School (Bethesda); Anne Costello, Shirley Jeffords and Jane McLeod, St. Bernadette School (Silver Spring); Barbara Demma, Holy Cross School (Garrett Park); Natalie Krupka, Frances Natalicchio, Anne Vucci and Mary Elizabeth Whelan, St. Peter School (Olney); Bonnie Marosy, Little Flower School (Bethesda)

Prince George’s County
• 40 years: Joseph Carroll, John Mitchell and Doug Tschiffely, DeMatha High School (Hyattsville); Catherine Clancy, Michael O’Connell and Sr. Joyce A. Marks, IHM, St. Mary of the Assumption School (Upper Marlboro)
• 30 years: Mary Catherine Barnes, St. Ambrose School (Cheverly); Patricia Bulcavage and Joyce Scanlon, St. Columba School (Oxon Hill); Debra McGee, St. Philip the Apostle School (Camp Springs); Catherine O’Brien, St. Joseph Regional School (Beltsville); Mary Yarrish, DeMatha High School (Hyattsville)
• 25 years: James A. Pavlacka, St. Mary of the Mills School (Laurel); Neal Murphy, DeMatha High School (Hyattsville); Bernadette Humphreys, Linda Abildso and Debra Corradini, St. Pius X Regional School (Bowie); Lynn Thomas Hawkins, Holy Redeemer School (College Park); Cheryl Dyer, St. Joseph Regional School (Beltsville)

Southern Maryland
• 35 years: Marie Cooksey, St. Mary School (Bryantown)
• 30 years: Beth Watson, St. Peter School (Waldorf)
• 25 years: Marsha Leigh Stewart, Little Flower School (Great Mills); Patricia Suit, St. John School (Hollywood)

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