Bishop Daniel E. Thomas offered a classroom blessing to students and staff for the start of the 2013-2014 school year at St. Katherine Day School in Wynnewood, Montgomery County. After the blessing Bishop Thomas gave each student a brown scapular and miraculous medal to wear. Christopher Mominey, chief operating officer of Faith in the Future Foundation and secretary for Catholic education of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia; Jacqueline Coccia, superintendent of elementary schools for the archdiocese; and St. Katherine’s principal, Peg Devaney, also attended the blessing and greeted students and staff. St. Katherine Day School is a special education school for mentally and physically challenged and developmentally delayed students ages 4 ½ to 21. (Photos by Sarah Webb)
Bishop Daniel Thomas greets students from Becky Greenich’s class at St. Katherine Day School where he visited on the first day to offer a blessing.
Bishop Daniel Thomas visits with students at St. Katherine Day School on their first day to offer them a blessing.
Gary is a little distracted by all the guests in his classroom while Bishop Daniel Thomas offers prayers.
Jasmin is ready to start her first day of the new school year at St. Katherine Day School in Wynnewood, Montgomery County.
Bishop Daniel Thomas greets students at St. Katherine Day School on their first day.
Bishop Daniel Thomas offers prayers and words of encouragement to students and teachers at St. Katherine Day School.
Bishop Daniel Thomas leads students and teachers in prayer at St. Katherine Day School.
Alongside principal Peggy Devaney, Bishop Daniel Thomas leads students and teachers in prayer at St. Katherine Day School. Christopher Mominey, chief operating officer of Faith in the Future Foundation and secretary of Catholic education for the archdiocese, assists with the prayer.
Bishop Daniel Thomas sprinkles students and teachers with holy water as principal Peggy Devaney and Christopher Mominey look on.
Jasmin receives the gift of a brown scapular and miraculous medal from Bishop Thomas on the first day of school at St. Katherine Day School.
Malachi is all smiles on his first day of school.
Bishop Daniel E. Thomas, center, meets with a class starting their first day of school at St. Katherine Day School in Wynnewood. Also at the opening day were, from left, Jacqueline Coccia, superintendent for elementary education; Peg Devaney, principal of St. Katherine’s; and Chris Mominey, secretary for Catholic education of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. (Sarah Webb)
Gary chats with Bishop Daniel Thomas who came to St. Katherine Day School to give a blessing on the first day of school.
Gary is all smiles with Bishop Daniel Thomas at St. Katherine Day School, Wynnewood.
Matthew gives a happy hug to family friend Matthew Gambino on the boy’s first day of school at St. Katherine Day School.
Jacqueline Coccia (left), superintendent of elementary schools, poses with Malachi, a student at St. Katherine Day School and Christopher Mominey, secretary of Catholic education, on the first day of school.
Grace works on the computer on the first day of school at St. Katherine Day School.
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