Catholic Schools Start Year with Opening Mass and Awards

August 18, 2009

Nearly 2,000 school principals, teachers and staff from the 96 Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Washington will open the new school year with a Mass celebrated by Washington Archbishop Donald W. Wuerl.

Monday, August 24, 2009
10:00 a.m.
Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
4th St. and Michigan Ave., NE, Washington, DC

Catholic schools in Southern Maryland open the next day, Tuesday, August 25. Catholic schools in Washington, DC, Montgomery and Prince George’s counties open Tuesday, September 1.

Immediately following the opening Mass (approximately 11:00 a.m.), a recognition ceremony will mark special anniversaries for teachers, principals and schools.

Four schools with noteworthy anniversaries will be recognized:

Washington, DC
• Holy Redeemer School (NW) celebrates 90 years.
• St. Francis Xavier School (SE) celebrates 70 years.

Montgomery County
• St. Andrew the Apostle School (Silver Spring) celebrates 50 years.

Prince George’s County
• St. Hugh School (Greenbelt) celebrates 60 years.

Sixteen Catholic elementary school faculty and staff are commemorating significant years of service with the schools in the Archdiocese of Washington and will be honored at the Mass:

Washington, DC
• 40 years: Sr. Mary Ann Dunn, SNJM, Blessed Sacrament School (NW)
• 25 years: Elaine Nortz, Blessed Sacrament School (NW); Maureen Raimo, Blessed Sacrament School (NW)

Montgomery County
• 50 years: Sr. Mary Mercy Gilbart, IHM, St. John the Evangelist School (Silver Spring)
• 45 years: Almira Vollmer, St. Catherine Labouré School (Wheaton)
• 30 years: Jean Engler, St. John the Evangelist School (Silver Spring)
• 25 years: Beverly Consilvio, St. Catherine Labouré School (Wheaton)

Prince George’s County
• 40 years: Howard Dent, St. Pius X Regional School (Bowie)
• 35 years: Linda Cullinan, St. Philip the Apostle School (Camp Springs)
• 30 years: Janet Schrom, St. Pius X Regional School (Bowie)
• 25 years: Therese McGranahan, St. Hugh School (Greenbelt); Mary Nauman, St. Hugh School (Greenbelt); Marjorie Sparks, St. Pius X Regional School (Bowie); Darcy Tomko, Mount Calvary School (Forestville)

Southern Maryland
• 25 years: Linda Maloney, Fr. Andrew White, SJ School (Leonardtown); Karen Timmons, Our Lady Star of the Sea School (Solomons)

The Archdiocese of Washington serves approximately 29,000 students in 96 schools in the District of Columbia and Calvert, Charles, Montgomery, Prince George’s and St. Mary’s counties in Maryland.

Catholic school information is online at

Kathy Dempsey
Office of Communications
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