Bishop Deeley visits Maine schools to celebrate Catholic Schools Week
During Catholic Schools Week, Bishop Deeley met with students, teachers and staff at St. John’s Catholic School in Brunswick on January 31 and St. Brigid School in Portland on February 1 as part of the annual celebrations.
Students from pre-K through 8th grade at both schools showed the bishop science projects, read books, performed songs, showcased their skills in languages, answered questions and brought to life their commitment to faith and learning.
In addition to experiencing all that students are learning at these schools, each had very special happenings, including the presentation of the Maine Catholic Schools Teacher of the Year Award to St. John’s pre-k teacher Margaret York.
The St. Brigid School visit fell on the Feast of St. Brigid of Ireland. The day also included a tea with the Sisters of Mercy, who were honored by the bishop, students, staff and faculty for their longstanding commitment to Catholic education in Maine.
In speaking to the students at St. Brigid, Bishop Deeley said, “The sense of community we have as Catholics is at heart of our faith – to love God and to love our neighbor.”
National Catholic Schools Week (CSW) is an annual celebration of Catholic education in the United States. Now in its 50th anniversary year, CSW has traditionally been held the last week in January. Schools observe the week with Masses, assemblies, service projects and other activities for students, families, parishioners, and community members to celebrate what makes Catholic schools great.
Faculty and staff at Maine Catholic schools are dedicated to nourishing young people by helping them achieve more in school and life. Schools inspire students to feel welcomed and cherished for their unique gifts as they become faith-filled Christians, creative and critical thinkers, lifelong learners, and contribute confidently to the Church and communities.
Students at Maine Catholic schools receive a total education, addressing not only academic, physical and emotional needs, but also spiritual needs, developing the whole person.