Being Editor of The Tablet has taken me to places where I never would have gone. Take for instance last Monday evening when I walked onto the field at MCU Park in Coney Island to umpire the softball game between the Collars and the Scholars.
“Can you do a backflip?” isn’t the average question that Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio must address, but during Catholic Schools Week, students at St. Gregory the Great Catholic Academy, Bellerose, got a chance to “Stump the Bishop” with inquiries that showcased their inquisitive innocence and curiosity.
This week, a venerable Catholic school in the borough of Queens – St. Pancras, Glendale – announced that it is being forced to close its doors at the end of the current semester. St. Pancras, which has been open for more than 100 years, has been a bedrock to the stability of Glendale over the years. Its contribution to the public good is immeasurable.
The New York State Catholic Conference was informed that Governor Andrew Cuomo vetoed legislation that would have averted cuts in state reimbursements to Catholic and other nonpublic schools.
Eleven academies and schools in the diocese are welcoming new principals this fall.
As school opens, there will be 115 new teachers in the classrooms of Catholic elementary schools in Brooklyn and Queens, 85 of whom are first-time teachers.
An overflow crowd of more than 700 people filled the main chapel at the Immaculate Conception Center, Douglaston, Oct. 18 to attend the diocese’s Catholic Education Summit.
When I told people I was going to Rome, the first thing they told me was to enjoy the sights and the food. Needless to say that sounded great, but the reason for my trip was to attend the World Congress on Catholic Education with the theme: Educating Today and Tomorrow.
A new law is set to protect students in non-public schools, including 34 eligible Catholic elementary schools in Brooklyn and Queens.
Pope Francis’ visit to the U.S. offers us an opportunity to reflect on the key role that not only do our primary and secondary schools serve in the passing on of faith, but also the major impact that the Catholic colleges and universities have in the Christian education and formation of our people.