Peering Into 2020
By Kathy Mears
(Published in The Pilot)
BRAINTREE (June 10, 2016) - Recently, I read an article that included a list of things that will NOT be in schools by 2020. Included on the very eclectic list were traditional libraries, students’ cell phones in a basket on a teacher’s desk, computer rooms and lunch lines with adults distributing food!

The article provoked thought and conversation. It provided my colleagues and me with an opportunity to discuss the future of education and Catholic education in particular.

It also made me think about the things that WILL be in Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Boston in 2020. Read more...


13 Students From Ste Jeanne d'Arc School Become Published Poets
LOWELL, MA (June 2016) - When third gr

ade teacher Mrs. Denise Panagopoulos submitted her students’ original poems to the National Schools Project 2016 Young American Poetry Digest Contest she knew they were good. She as thrilled to find out 13 were chosen to be published in the 2016 poetry book. Winners were chosen by a panel of teachers and educators based on quality of writing for the age and grade level. The judges looked for creativity, age-appropriate language, sensory/figurative images, structure, and poetic techniques. Read more…


Archdiocese Honors 11 Longtime Workers at Catholic Schools
by Reis Thebault
For Sister Ellen Powers, it ran in the family. Of course she would be a teacher: Her mother was, her father was. And so she would be an educator, too. For 42 years.
Christina Meaney knew her calling by the time she got to elementary school. She watched her teachers struggle to explain math to her classmates. So she showed her teachers a different way to do it. After she finished school, Meaney taught for 20 years. 

Above, left to right: Bishop Peter Uglietto with retirees, school principals, and members of the Catholic Schools Office; Mary Jane Campbell from St. Mary of the Hills School in Milton listens as Principal Mary Carberry reminisces about their time together at the school; Kathy Roever from Monsignor Haddad Middle School smiles as Principal Jared Belliveau shares a story Kathy and her students. 


Twelve Students in the Archdiocese of Boston Receive Full-Tuition Scholarships to Boston University
The students were chosen based on academic achievements and character
BRAINTREE (May 2016) - Twelve students from the Archdiocese of Boston were recently awarded the 2016 Cardinal Medeiros Scholarship; Cardinal Medeiros Scholars receive a full-tuition scholarship to Boston University. The Scholars are chosen for their academic achievements, demonstrated leadership skills, and contributions to their schools and communities.

The 2016 Cardinal Medeiros Scholars are:

William Barnard – Xaverian Brothers High School
Ishrat Chowdhury – Bishop Fenwick High School
Aidan Coia – Xaverian Brothers High School
Erin Condon – Marian High School
Samantha Curley – Lowell Catholic High School
Anna Daher – Saint Joseph Preparatory High School
Sarah Golden – Archbishop Williams High School
Brian Harrington – Catholic Memorial School
Carina Imbornone – Central Catholic High School
Emily Masse – Academy of Notre Dame
Nicholas McCool – Central Catholic High School
Meaghan Walsh – Fontbonne Academy

The scholarships were presented by the Provost of Boston University, Dr. Jean Morrison, and Cardinal Seán O’Malley. By the time the 2016 Cardinal Medeiros Scholars graduate from B.U., the program will have enrolled 420 scholars and contributed more than $49 million from the university to the greater Boston area and students of the Archdiocese.

Full news release available here.

Ursuline Academy Breaks Ground for New Athletic and Convocation Center

The new building will house classrooms and an innovation lab, a regulation-size gymnasium, a fitness room, gathering space, and more.

DEDHAM (May 2016) - Ursuline Academy broke ground on May 16 for the construction of a new 40,000 square foot Athletic and Convocation Center. The ACC is the first major enhancement to the Lowder Street campus since the addition of a Science Wing in 2002. The new building will house classrooms and an innovation lab, a regulation-size gymnasium, a fitness room, gathering space, and more. It is strategically located overlooking the academic building, the playing fields, and the Convent that was formerly home to the Ursuline Sisters, connecting to the schools’ objective of helping students to grow in mind, body and spirit. It is expected to be completed by the fall of 2017. Read more...



Five Students from the Archdiocese of Boston Selected as Candidates for Presidential Scholars Program

The five students were part of a group of 180 students chosen from Massachusetts

BRAINTREE (April 2016) – Five students from the Archdiocese of Boston were recently named as candidates for the Presidential Scholars Program. The Presidential Scholars Program recognizes and honors some of the nation's most distinguished graduating high school seniors, and they are selected based on exemplary SAT or ACT scores.
Congratulations to:
Emma Cho - Notre Dame Academy, Hingham                                                  Laura Caron, Arlington Catholic High School, Arlington
Christina Zoldak, Bishop Fenwick High School, Peabody                                  Christopher Potvin, St. Sebastian's School, Needham
Katelyn Benson, Central Catholic High School, Lawrence


St. Benedict Elementary SchoolSouth Natick's Newly Recognized Independent Catholic School

New Headmaster Jay Boren is leading school to a strong future
SOUTH NATICK (October 7, 2015) – St. Benedict Elementary School in South Natick was recently approved by Cardinal Seán O’Malley as an independent Catholic school in the Archdiocese of Boston. Prior to this declaration, St. Benedict Elementary School was an independent school that educated students “in the Catholic tradition.” ...Read more.


Mount Alvernia Academy Named Blue Ribbon School

Mount Alvernia Academy is one of five schools named in Massachusetts

CHESTNUT HILL - Mount Alvernia Academy (, a Catholic coeducational school in Chestnut Hill, has been named a Blue Ribbon School for 2015 by the U.S. Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan. Mount Alvernia Academy, which educates students Preschool-Grade 6, is one of five schools in Massachusetts and the only private school in the Northeast to achieve this honor ...Read more.


Yawkey Award for Teaching Excellence Bestowed Upon St. John Paul II Catholic Academy Educators
DORCHESTER/MATTAPAN (September 25, 2015) – On Thursday, September 25th, eight educators from Saint John Paul II Catholic Academy were presented with the annual Yawkey Award for Teaching Excellence ...Read more.

13 Students From Eight Schools in the Archdiocese of Boston Named National Merit Scholarship Program Finalists
Students are among the highest-scoring entrants in Massachusetts
BRAINTREE (September 9, 2015) -- Thirteen students from eight schools in the Archdiocese of Boston were announced today as National Merit Scholarship Program Semifinalists. Approximately 1.5 million students applied for the program ...Read more.

I am a Catholic School Nurse
by Elizabeth Paquette, RN, Malden Catholic High School, National Chair of the Private & Parochial School Nurses
My name is Elizabeth Paquette and I am a Catholic School Nurse. I began to write school nurse but a realization quickly became apparent, I am a Catholic School Nurse. It is my own Catholicity, as well as the school’s identity that is reflected in my own nursing practice. It is my faith that influences my every interaction and decision ...Read more.