Superintendent of Catholic Schools Kicks Off New Year at St. Elizabeth School

August 29, 2005

Catholic school students return to classes on Tuesday, August 30 in the Archdiocese of Washington. Dr. Patricia Weitzel-O’Neill, Superintendent of Catholic Schools, will kick off the new year at St. Elizabeth School in Rockville:

Tuesday, August 30, 2005
8:25 a.m.-9:00 a.m.
St. Elizabeth School
917 Montrose Road, Rockville, MD

Dr. Weitzel-O’Neill will join St. Elizabeth’s nearly 500 students, their pastor, Msgr. John Macfarlane, and new principal, Mr. Vincent Spadoni, who returns to the school where he once taught, for the cutting of the “Ribbon of New Beginnings,” a brief ceremony and blessing of the school’s crucifixes and statues.

The ceremony will include a prayer by Msgr. Macfarlane and St. Elizabeth students, recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance and reading of the “Opening Day of School Proclamation.” The superintendent and pastor will join in commissioning the new principal, Mr. Spadoni, and new vice principal, Mrs. Louise Paul, and welcoming the teachers and staff.

The Archdiocese of Washington includes 112 elementary and secondary schools, and early learning centers educating nearly 33,500 students 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

Jennifer Reed
Assistant Director of Communications for Schools
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