Archive for April, 2015

The New Kids on the Block: Principals Share Goals for Success

The New Kids on the Block: Principals Share Goals for Success

| April 16, 2015

BY PAT SHEA In September, Jennifer Petosa and Lee Brenner were sent to the principal’s office to begin a new phase of their careers. Petosa is the new principal at Most Holy Rosary in Syracuse, and Lee Brenner is the new principal at Holy Family School in Norwich, New York. Both women have impressive teaching […]

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Update: Kelleigh’s Cause Soars to New Heights

Update: Kelleigh’s Cause Soars to New Heights

| April 16, 2015

BY CAROLINE K. REFF Last year’s edition of Pillars included a story about Kelleigh Gustafson, a young woman who has been living with arteriovenous malformation (AVM), a life-threatening vascular disease, since the age of 4. Kelleigh, however, has never been one to focus on herself. Instead, she has chosen to help others through Kelleigh’s Cause, […]

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Notre Dame Schools Celebrate the Presence of Religious Faculty, Staff

Notre Dame Schools Celebrate the Presence of Religious Faculty, Staff

| April 16, 2015

BY DYANN NASHTON Catholic school alumni are often sad that priests, sisters or brothers are not found in our schools like they remember. Today, Catholic schools in the Diocese of Syracuse embrace the rare, but valuable, presence of a member of a religious order among faculty and staff. Sr. Anna Mae Collins, CSJ, has spent […]

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Good Works at St. Patrick’s

Good Works at St. Patrick’s

| April 16, 2015

Kindergarteners from St. Patrick’s School in Oneida wrote to retired Bishop Thomas Costello and “adopted” him as their prayer pen pal for the school year. Below, students were excited to receive their first response from Bishop Costello.

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Seminarian’s Story Opens Students’ Eyes to Vocations

Seminarian’s Story Opens Students’ Eyes to Vocations

| April 16, 2015

BY CLAUDIA MATHIS Students at Bishop Ludden Jr./Sr. High School have been benefitting from seminarian Dane Connelly’s presence at their school. Beginning in January 2014, Connelly spent his pastoral year at St. James Church in Syracuse and also helped out at Bishop Ludden two days a week. “It’s been great,” said Connelly, of his time […]

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Digital Natives

Digital Natives

| April 16, 2015

Students at Rome Catholic School use their new e-tablets as part of a one-to-one technology initiative for fifth and sixth graders. Like so many of the schools in the diocese, Rome continues to find ways to incorporate technology into the day-to-day curriculum.

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Planting the Seeds of Service Helps Community

Planting the Seeds of Service Helps Community

| April 16, 2015

BY KATHERINE LONG Five-year-old Caleigh Heslin, a student in Theresa Armstrong’s kindergarten class at St. James School in Johnson City, New York, already knows why Christian service is important. “It’s helpful and respectful,” she said matter-of-factly. Service is an integral part of education in all of the Catholic schools in the Syracuse Diocese and St. […]

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Eastern Region Leads Development  of Localized Business Models

Eastern Region Leads Development of Localized Business Models

| April 16, 2015

BY DYANN NASHTON Decentralization, regionalization … by any name it means a new direction for the Catholic schools of the Syracuse Diocese. The joint effort of the diocese and local communities has been reinventing the way Catholic schools operate. All diocesan regions and schools are at different stages of the business model transition. Now schools […]

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Most Holy Rosary Students’ Commitment, Sacrifice, Result in Clean Water for African Villagers

Most Holy Rosary Students’ Commitment, Sacrifice, Result in Clean Water for African Villagers

| April 16, 2015

BY MICHCA BALLARD-FORTIN As its mission states, “At Most Holy Rosary School, Jesus is our model; students are our focus… we develop strong Christian character for all who embrace our philosophy. Through partnerships with parents and the community, we prepare our students for lifelong success.” What better way to develop strong Christian character and prepare students for […]

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