Catholic Education Honor Roll School of Excellence by the Cardinal Newman Society.

Our Lady of the Sacred Heart High School in Coraopolis, PA, has been named a 2014 Catholic Education Honor Roll School of Excellence by the Cardinal Newman Society.

This distinction places OLSH among the top five percent of Catholic high schools in the United States.

“Being honored as a Catholic School of Excellence is a wonderful honor that recognizes the OLSH community as a whole,” reflected the school’s principal, Tim Plocinik. “I am especially proud for our faculty and staff, who are committed to the mission and vision of the Felician Sisters and who are dedicated to providing an exceptional Catholic education for all of our students.”

OLSH received the recognition after completing a rigorous application process, designed to assess each participating school’s commitment to Catholic ideals and principles, determine the extent to which its administration, faculty and staff are mission-centered, and measure the strength of its policies and programs.  Schools of Excellence demonstrate merit in these key areas that ensure the continued expression, preservation, and enhancement of the school’s Catholic identity.

“This distinction validates the strength of our Felician Franciscan mission and our vitality as a Catholic community,” commented Terry O’Rourke Donoghue, OLSH president. “It is a great honor for OLSH to be recognized, and it affirms the excellence with which our faculty and staff form and educate each of our students to live their faith, succeed in their vocation, and contribute to the world. We are blessed by this national acknowledgement of the vision and dedication of our founders, the Felician Sisters, as well as the professionalism, work ethic, and spirit of all who continue their legacy of excellence.”

 

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A Special Thank You

Annunciation Parish in Elma, NY, hosted an appreciation day for S Marilyn Ann Dudek on Saturday, September 6.

“Personally as pastor and also on your behalf, I express our appreciation to Sister Marilyn Dudek for being our principal for the past seven years.  In the Bible and in the Church, the number “7” conveys a sense of fullness and completion, e.g., God creates in seven days; there are seven sacraments.  Sister Marilyn’s tenure has endowed our school with exceptional leadership and our parish with the gift of Franciscan/Felician spirituality.

“I wish to briefly chronicle Sister Marilyn’s accomplishments.  She brought a healing manner and kindled hope.  She always treated people with respect.  With Bob Moscato and the Education Advisory Council,  Annunciation Grade School achieved Middle States Re-Accreditation; implemented strategic goals in the Diocesan plan: Faith in Tomorrow, and inaugurated (before other schools) a Health Science Center.

“Sister Marilyn worked with Deacon Jim Jaworski in prudent financial management with Dave Walsh doing budgets.  She was astute in hiring quality new teachers and enjoying a good rapport with veteran teachers.  Annunciation had a very active Home School Guild that collaborated closely with Sister Marilyn.  She cooperated with and implemented programs recommended by the Catholic School Department.  She instilled a strong Catholic identity in the school and was devoted to our children.  My first seven years here at Annunciation have been enriched and blessed by Sister Marilyn’s leadership and dedication.  Together we wish her the very best in all her endeavors.  I know Sister Marilyn feels that Annunciation has become her parish.”

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Klinik Manman Angela goes to Bwa Béf

Klinik Manman Angela goes to Bwa Béf

Felician Sisters Haiti

Yesterday Sister Mary Charlotte from Lodi, NJ, and Sister Mary Andrew from Beaver Falls, PA, arrived in Jacmel to help us in the mission for two weeks. Today they came with us for Mass in Bwa Bef, where we needed to speak with the people about Klinik Manman Angela, which would be coming to this area to serve the poor. The people have no church so the Mass was in front of someone’s home. This is where the clinic will take place for the people in this area who otherwise have no access to medical care. After Mass, we spoke to the people about the clinic that will come every two weeks. Now the clinic is going to eight places where the poor can be served. Mesi Bondye mesi! Thank you, God! We also thank our benefactors who help us and support the clinic.

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