As part of Catholic Schools Week (Jan. 27-Feb. 2), St. Joseph’s University’s Center for Catholic and Urban Education (CCEU) will host a lecture and inaugural awards ceremony on Wednesday, Jan. 30 in the Wolfington Teletorium of Mandeville Hall, beginning at 6:15 p.m.
One of the two leaders in education to be honored is Christine L. Healey, a 2001 St. Joseph’s graduate and current board chair of the Catholic Partnership Schools (an organization of five Catholic schools in Camden, N.J.), executive director of the International Education Foundation and co-founder of We Can Do Better New Jersey.
Healey is considered an expert in school sustainability and governance. Beginning in 2001 she and her father, Robert Healey (SJU class of 1951) developed and now administer four educational foundations.
The other honoree is Sister Ellen T. Convey, I.H.M., principal of the Gesu School in Philadelphia since 1991.
She is noted for creating a nationally recognized model for an independent Catholic school that meets the specific needs of urban students.
Following the awards ceremony at 7 p.m., Sister Patricia McCann, R.S.M., director of archives of the Convent of Mercy in Pittsburgh, Pa., and former professor of church history at St. Vincent’s Seminary and College, will present “Pioneers and Prophets: Women Religious and the Transference of Tradition in Catholic Institutions.”
“Both Christine and Sister Ellen represent the rich tradition of educational innovation inherent in our Catholic schools,” says Anne Marie Borneman, senior fellow in the CCEU. “The efforts of these women on behalf of Catholic education ensures that children and families will have the opportunity to experience and benefit from a quality faith-based education into the future.”
The CCUE is a division of the Educational Leadership Institute of St. Joseph’s University and is dedicated to the ongoing existence and sustainability of Catholic schools in urban areas. The center champions Catholic education as an essential option for families committed to a values-based, quality schooling for their children. The CCUE is committed to continuing to provide a regular forum for communication, best practices and resource development for Catholic schools.
In a time to build, CatholicPhilly.com connects people and communities
As society emerges from the loss and separation of the pandemic, CatholicPhilly.com works to strengthen the connections between people, families and communities every day by delivering the news people need to know about the Catholic Church, especially in the Philadelphia region, and the world in which we live.
By your donation in any amount, you join in our mission to inform, form in the Catholic faith and inspire the thousands of readers who visit every month.
Here is how you can help:
- A $100 gift allows us to present award-winning photos of Catholic life in our neighborhoods.
- A $50 gift enables us to cover a news event in a local parish, school or Catholic institution.
- A $20 gift lets us obtain solid faith formation resources that can deepen your spirituality and knowledge of the faith.
- A small, automated monthly donation means you can support us continually and easily.
Won't you consider making a gift today?
Please join in the church's vital mission of communications by offering a gift in whatever amount that you can ― a single gift of $40, $50, $100, or more, or a monthly donation. Your gift will strengthen the fabric of our entire Catholic community.
Make your donation by credit card here:
Or make your donation by check:
222 N. 17th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103