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Archdiocesan social services programs singled out for national award

Catholic Social Services of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia (CSS) was one of three national programs singled out to receive the 2011 Catholic Charities USA/Annie E. Casey Family Strengthening Award, which was presented during the Sept. 18-21 Catholic Charities USA Annual Gathering and Poverty Summit held in Fort Worth, Texas.

Level best: Archdiocesan schools adopts Common Core Standards

When elementary and secondary students return to archdiocesan schools next month they will have a new learning program, one which is touted as better at preparing them for 21st-century careers. The Common Core State Standards Initiative is being implemented in archdiocesan elementary and secondary schools in the areas of English language arts and mathematics. Science […]

Two archdiocesan elementary schools recognized with national award

Corpus Christi School (Lansdale, Montgomery County) and Nativity of Our Lord School (Warminster, Bucks County) have been selected by the United States Department of Education as National Blue Ribbon Schools.

SS. Simon and Jude School welcomes new principal

WEST CHESTER — The SS. Simon and Jude parish community announced that Sister Jeannine M. Norton, I.H.M., has been named school principal. Sister Norton has more than 40 years experience in Catholic education, 12 of those as a school principal. Most recently, she worked in the Diocese of Savannah, Ga., serving the last six years […]

Program could help more than 12,000 students served by NDS get low-cost internet access

Comcast Corporation recently announced the launch of Internet Essentials, a program which provides families in Philadelphia with children who are eligible to receive free lunches under the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) with low-cost Internet service, affordable computers and digital literacy training.

At St. Aloysius, school opens with a taste of summer

The 2011-2012 school year at St. Aloysius Academy in Bryn Mawr started off with a picnic for the students. The academy’s mascot, the Wildcat, was on hand to greet students, who ate their lunch outdoors while listening to music. Parent volunteers handed out ice cream during the event.

BLOCS names board of directors

BLOCS (Business Leadership Organized for Catholic Schools), has named the following people to its board of directors for 2011-2012: Michael G. O’Neill – Chairman; CEO and Founder, Preferred Unlimited, Conshohocken Archbishop Charles Chaput – Honorary Chairman; Archdiocese of Philadelphia Brian McElwee – President; Valley Forge Investment Corporation Michael Young – Vice President, Classic Management Francis […]

Bishop Herbert Bevard celebrates St. Peter Claver Mass in Philadelphia

Bishop Herbert Bevard, who was named bishop of St. Thomas in the American Virgin Islands in 2008, after many years of ministry to the African-American community in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, returned to celebrate the annual St. Peter Claver Mass at the Peter Claver Center  in Philadelphia Friday, Sept. 9.  Auxiliary Bishop John McIntyre was […]

Bishop Timothy Senior installs Msgr. Hugh Shields as pastor of St. Thomas Aquinas Parish in Philadelphia

Philadelphia Auxiliary Bishop Timothy Senior installed Msgr. Hugh Shields as pastor of St. Thomas Aquinas Parish Saturday, Sept. 10 at 4 p.m. A reception, which included Vietnamese and Latino traditional foods, followed celebration of the Mass.

Archdiocesan Office of Catholic Education continues to work to resolve strike

The negotiating teams from the Office of Catholic Education and the Association of Catholic Teachers met the evening of Thursday, Sept. 8, all day Sept. 9 and continued to meet Sept. 11. That day, proposals were exchanged but the Association of Catholic Teachers did not want to conduct face-to-face discussions with the full archdiocesan negotiating […]