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Dear Friends,

Dear Friends,

| April 16, 2015

It pleases me to hear a sense of pride when people talk of their days in one of our Catholic Schools. In my role as bishop, I have the great pleasure of traveling throughout the diocese and speaking to current students, alumni and families who share their Catholic school stories of community, faith, and yes, […]

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Le Moyne President, Diocesan School Alumna Promotes Catholic School Pipeline

Le Moyne President, Diocesan School Alumna Promotes Catholic School Pipeline

| April 16, 2015

BY CAROLINE K. REFF Linda LeMura, Ph.D., fondly remembers her days as a student at Bishop Grimes High School, where she not only achieved in the classroom but also on the basketball court, in the folk group, and in student government. Looking back, she appreciates the sacrifices her parents made to send her—and her five […]

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Driving Generosity

Driving Generosity

| April 16, 2015

Students at Immaculate Conception in Fayetteville present a check for $3,300 to Kevin Frank from the Brady Faith Center. The funds came from the school’s 7th annual car raffle. While money raised benefits school programs, a portion is given to a local charity annually.

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Catholic Schools Work

Catholic Schools Work

| April 16, 2015

One of the reasons the Catholic Schools Office publishes Pillars magazine each year is to share just why “Catholic Schools Work.” It’s not just a tagline in our advertising. We believe it—and each and every article in this issue explains why it’s true. We asked students, faculty, alumni and other proud supporters of Catholic education […]

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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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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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Dear Friends,

Dear Friends,

| February 5, 2014

Everyday our youth are challenged to discover the world within. What an awesome challenge is presented to them as they walk the halls of our Catholic institutions into rooms of dedicated teachers who explore with them faith and knowledge of the world. Thus, the challenge and privilege summons our teachers to be ministers, mentors and proclaimers […]

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