WE NEED YOUR INPUT FOR CONVOCATION ! Keep reading for details...
CELEBRATING CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK
ST. AGNES ACADEMY & ST. DOMINIC SCHOOL - MEMPHIS, TN
Students at St. Agnes Academy St. Dominic School
joined with students from Madonna Learning Center to celebrate a
special Mass honoring Catholic Schools Week. During the Mass students
were presented the Dominican Torch Award. The Award, which is presented
quarterly, recognizes the St. Agnes - St. Dominic students who exhibit
by their example the four pillars of the Dominican charism: Prayer,
Study, Community, and Service. This quarter the Torch Award recipients
were (l to r) Preston Lynch (SD7), Susanna Escobedo (SA8), Wendy Reaves
(SA12), Riley O'Connor (SD5), and Grace Patton (SA6).
SACRED HEART-GRIFFIN - SPRINGFIELD, IL
"Catholic Schools Raise the Standards" was the theme of Catholic Schools Week at Sacred Heart-Griffin High School
in Springfield, IL. Building upon the earlier traditions of Sacred
Heart Academy and Cathedral Boys High School and Griffin High School,
Sacred Heart-Griffin High School, since its founding in 1988, has set
student learning as a priority. SHG is committed to increasing
enrollment with a student body that is diverse in the areas of academic
ability, economic status, ethnic background and geography. Students,
faculty, parents, and many Dominican sisters from the Motherhouse
gathered to celebrate Mass for Catholic Schools Week, 2013.
Photo by Terry Farmer
ON THE ROAD WITH SISTER TERESA MARRON, OP
In an effort to maintain contact with Marian Catholic High School grads,
Sr. Teresa makes visits to college/university campuses throughout the
country. Sr. Teresa says "it's inspiring to see so many students
carrying out the mission of Marian by putting their faith into action
through the leadership activities in which they are involved." Many of
the Marian Catholic alums are majoring in areas that will make a
difference in the lives of many people. As a sign of their connection to
Marian Catholic family, Sr. Teresa presents each of the young people a
medal of St. Dominic to remind them of their roots. Check out Sr.
Teresa's 2012-13 travels on Marian's website, mariancatholichs.com
Sister Teresa with Marian alumni at University of Illinois
RECENT AWARDS - Congratulations!
Sister Jane Meyer, OP, President of St. Agnes Academy in Houston, TX was
named one of the "50 Most Influential Women of 2012" by Houston Woman Magazine
, and St. Agnes Principal Deborah Whalen was one of six nation-wide recipients
of the "Catholic Secondary Schools Department Educational Excellence Award" by the National Catholic Education Association.
Last month Sacred Heart-Griffin High School (Springfield, IL) was named one of three "Best Places To Work" by the Springfield Business Journal
HERE IT IS: WE NEED YOUR INPUT!
This Fall's Convocation of Dominican schools will focus on "preaching
human dignity in our schools." Here are three issues we hope to address
in sectional meetings:
WE NEED YOUR HELP to make these presentations meaningful to you! Please forward resources, speaker recommendations, suggestions, etc. that you have or know about concerning these topics.
DIVERSITY - How have we or can we create an environment in our school
community that supports the wide diversity of individuals that form this
community: people of different races, cultures, religions, sexual
DIGITAL CITIZENSHIP - How can we deal with negative issues related to
the use of the internet & cell phones, i.e. cyber-bullying?
SELF-IMAGE - How do we support the young women and men in our school
communities to develop healthy, holistic, and authentic self-images that
express their dignity as people created in the image and likeness of
may either reply to this email or send a separate email to Sr. Pat
Brady at email@example.com (please include your name and school). We
look forward to hearing from you!
MARK YOUR FALL CALENDARS!
2013 Fifth Dominican Convocation of Schools
"Preaching Human Dignity in Our Schools"
The Convocation will end
with a liturgical celebration at Dominican University in River Forest,
IL, honoring the 800th anniversary of the Dominican Order.
Convocation begins Tuesday evening, October 22 and ends at Noon on Thursday, October 24, 2013
Lisle/Naperville Hotel in Lisle, IL (suburb of Chicago)
Registration materials will be on-line by the end of May;
we especially encourage administrators, deans, campus ministers and counselors to attend this gathering
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