When Anne Kelly, former assistant academic principal of St. Agnes Academic High School, walked the empty halls of Holy Family Catholic Academy in late summer, she wasn’t sure what to expect.
When the hills seemed too steep to climb or a hard rain was pelting his skin, former flight attendant Paul “Paulie” Veneto kept his head down, stared at the nine faces smiling back at him, and powered through the pain.
The cost of every container of cleaning wipes, every pump bottle of hand sanitizer, and every technology upgrade continues to add up for schools across the Diocese of Brooklyn.
The sound of giddy laughter and the sight of colorful face masks filled schoolyards, hallways, and classrooms as schools across the Diocese of Brooklyn reopened Sept. 8 for the first day of the 2021-22 academic year.
When Alfredo “Freddie” De Los Santos puts on his helmet and gets into his bike, the world around him becomes blurs of colors. He leans forward, eyes staring straight ahead, and pedals with his arms, driven by the desire to go faster and farther than the day before.
The Superintendent’s Office of the Diocese of Brooklyn is “cautiously optimistic” that Catholic school enrollments across Brooklyn and Queens will rise this school year, a promising reversal after 10 years of declines.
When Xavier High School religion teacher Stephanie Boccuzzi was in the fourth grade, an early morning recess session on Sept. 11, 2001, turned into an immediate dismissal. Back then, she had no idea why.
New Yorkers still remember where they were and what they were doing on the morning of Sept. 11 two decades ago. Susan Fiorentino was sitting in her classroom at St. Ann School in Dongan Hills, S.I., that day. Her father was a retired officer from the New York Police Department at the time, but he went down to ground zero following the attacks.
Instead of lying on the beach gazing at sunsets, a Holy Cross High School senior spent part of her summer closeted with a folder filled with mammary gland scans, as part of a unique science-based internship.
Red roses and Italian flags held aloft, as well as a cannon spewing gold-colored confetti, marked the return of a beloved neighborhood tradition that had been sorely missed last summer — the Feast of Santa Rosalia.