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The 2013-2014 School Year for Philadelphia Archdiocese Students Begins Sept.4

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The 2013-2014 school year begins on Wednesday, September 4, 2013 for students who attend the 123 elementary schools, 17 high schools and four schools of special education in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. 


This academic year begins on the heels of several key announcements including the hiring of Mr. Christopher Mominey as Chief Operating Officer and Secretary of Catholic Education for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, the official designation of 14 Independent Mission Schools and the formation of an Executive Board of Elementary Education.


Back-to-School Events in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia


Several back-to-school events at Archdiocesan high schools, elementary schools and schools of special education are planned including:


Wednesday, September 4, 2013 at 10:00 a.m.

Classroom Blessing of Special Education Students by Bishop Daniel Thomas

Saint Katherine Day School, 930 Bowman Avenue; Wynnewood, PA 19096 (Montgomery County)

Bishop Daniel Thomas will offer a classroom blessing to students and staff for the start of the 2013-2014 school year at the main school site in Wynnewood (Montgomery County).  Mr. Christopher Mominey, Chief Operating Officer and Secretary of Catholic Education and Ms. Jacqueline Coccia, Superintendent of Elementary Schools, will also attend the blessing and greet students and staff. 


Saint Katherine Day School is a Special Education school for Mentally & Physically Challenged & Developmentally Delayed Students ages 4 ½ to 21.


Thursday, September 5, 2013 at 2:30 p.m.

Signing of Collaborative educational partnership between Saint Hubert High School and Holy Family University

Saint Hubert Catholic High School for Girls, 7320 Torresdale Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19136 

Administrators from Saint Hubert Catholic High School for Girls will be joined by officials from the Office of Catholic Education and Holy Family University to sign an agreement that enters both schools into a collaborative educational partnership.  The agreement consists of three components, including admissions and scholarship, a university and dual credit agreement, and continuing education opportunities. 


The partnership document will be signed by Mr. Francis Farrell, President of Saint Hubert Catholic High School for Girls; Dr. Joanne Walls, Principal of Saint Hubert Catholic High School for Girls; Dr. Carol Cary, Superintendent for Secondary Schools; Sister Francesca Onley, CSFN, Ph.D., President of Holy Family University; Sister Maureen McGarrity, CSFN, Ph.D., Provost Holy Family University, and Dr. Michael Markowitz, Vice President of Academic Affairs Holy Family University.


Friday, September 6, 2013: at 9:30 a.m.

Opening Mass for Cardinal John Foley Regional School

Saint Denis Church, 2401 Saint Denis Lane, Havertown, PA 19083 (Delaware County)

Bishop John McIntyre will be the celebrant and homilist at the opening school Mass for Cardinal John Foley Regional Catholic School.  Mr. Christopher Mominey, Chief Operating Officer and Secretary of Catholic Education and Ms. Jacqueline Coccia, Superintendent of Elementary Schools will attend Mass with Cardinal Foley students, faculty and staff.  The 2013-2014 school year marks Cardinal John Foley Regional Catholic School’s second year as a regional school formed by the merger of Saint Denis and Annunciation B.V.M. schools in Havertown (Delaware County) in 2012.  Rev. Kevin J. Gallagher, Pastor of Saint Denis Parish and Rev. James Cox, Pastor of Annunciation B.V.M. Parish were appointed pastors of their respective Parishes this past spring 2013.   


Tuesday, September 10, 2013 at 8:00 a.m.

Mayor Nutter visit in Celebration of Mayor’s Education Month at West Catholic Preparatory High School

West Catholic Preparatory High School, 4501 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19139

In celebration of the Mayor’s Education Month, The Honorable Michael A. Nutter, Mayor of Philadelphia,Bishop Michael Fitzgerald, Mr. Christopher Mominey, Chief Operating Officer and Secretary of Catholic Education, Mr. Samuel Casey Carter, Chief Executive Officer Faith in the Future Foundation and  Dr.Carol A. Cary, Superintendent of Secondary Schools, will visit West Catholic and participate in the presentation of the school’s new flag reflecting West Catholic Preparatory High School’s updated name.  Mayor Nutter and Chris Mominey will also briefly address the student body.  Following the presentation, Mayor Nutter, and Dr. Cary will take a tour of the school and visiwith students in several classrooms.   

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