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The Evangelist
Monday, August 20, 2018


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  • Gene-Philippe Mongan was happy to receive a college scholarship from the Knights of Columbus. He didn’t expect to be using it to study architecture for a semester in Rome, Italy.
  • The scavenger hunt for school supplies
    It’s that glorious season when your beloved children will soon become, for six hours a day, someone else’s responsibility. That’s not without a price, fellow parents on the journey: First, you must go through the wringer that is known as “back to school.”
  • Diocesan Catholic schools  unleash creative thinking with new strategic plan

    Within a few years, Catholic education in the Albany Diocese will look very different. The diocesan Catholic Schools Office just released “Answering the Call: Imagine, Evangelize, Transform,” a strategic plan for all 22 elementary and secondary schools.

  • Why we’re sending Anna to a Catholic school
    When it came time for our daughter to begin school, my wife and I discussed our options at length. Living in an excellent school district, we had multiple options to consider as to where we should send Anna for her education.
  • Girl Scout’s project:  writing her first book
    Every day, residents look around the Albany Diocese and see ways they wish to help their community. Cassandra Carraher, a Girl Scout and a new graduate of St. Mary’s School in Waterford, is making sure positive change happens.
  • Three schools starting year motivated, despite changes
    New year, new school program, same passion and spirit. That could be the motto for three diocesan elementary schools, all of which are adapting this year in response to changing needs in their communities.
  • Jerry zooms past competition in Soap Box Derby

    Back in June, staff and supporters from St. Catherine’s Center for Children in Albany gathered for the annual Capital District Soap Box Derby race, held in Schenectady. They were there to cheer for “Jerry” (last name withheld for privacy), a resident of St. Catherine’s housing program, who took the local competition by storm.

  • Siena about to open rooftop observatory
    In late May, just as students at Siena College in Loudonville were finishing their final exams, the college was breaking ground on its latest grant project: an observatory on top of its main School of Science building, Roger Bacon Hall.
  • SPA CATHOLIC GRADS
    SARATOGA CENTRAL CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL held its commencement ceremony last weekend at St. Clement's Church in Saratoga Springs. Bishop Emeritus Howard J. Hubbard officiated as 36 seniors received their diplomas.
  • For fourth-graders, moving up in school means getting to join Star Wars club

    Jedi masters and their Padawan apprentices recently invaded St. Thomas the Apostle School in Delmar to save the galaxy from danger — and were back just in time for popsicles. It was the last meeting of the year for the school’s popular Star Wars club.




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