BTN LiveBIG: Rutgers hoops grad helping at-risk kids

Creighton Drury said his first significant encounters with challenges faced by disadvantaged young people came from hearing stories about life in the inner city from some of his fellow basketball players at Rutgers. He now serves as the Executive Director of Covenant House New York, a charity that does God’s work by providing homeless and at-risk youth with loving care and vital services, including education planning.

Catholic schools in Verona and Cedar Grove see steady enrollment

Our Lady of the Lake in Verona, NJ and St. Catherine of Siena in Cedar Grove, NJ both report increased attendance for the upcoming school year due to solid governance, education programs, and outreach.

Incoming Bishop in Springfield supports partnerships with business to build opportunities for Catholic education

Bishop Mitchell T. Rozanski will be installed as the ninth bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield on Aug. 12. He plans to work on the affordability of Catholic education for middle class parents and their children.

Greg Guzmán: Latino education leader moves to Queen of Apostles

Greg Guzmán is the new executive director of Central City Ministry for the Toledo Catholic Diocese, a position he accepted as a ministry to help the students of today and the future. Guzmán is taking the helm when, after years of Catholic school closures and mergers, central-city diocesan elementary schools are seeing a rebirth.

Principal Kevin Coyne turned around closing school into thriving Catholic academy

For building a prosperous Catholic school in spite of the odds, Principal Kevin Coyne has been nominated as a Daily News Hometown Hero in Education.

Catholic schools targeted for closing rally support

Instead of accepting the announcement that they would be closing, three Chicago Catholic schools spent their spring semester fundraising, aiming to replace deficits ranging from $200,000 to $400,000 that the archdiocese had been supplementing the last few years.

Catholic School Development Program has helped nearly 60 Catholic schools establish a new business model

The Catholic School Development Program (CSDP) is the signature program under the umbrella of the Healey Education Foundation, and it works to help Catholic schools take ownership of their own economic and business futures.

Utah Catholic schools buck national trends, keep thriving

While Catholic schools in the East and Midwest are consolidating and shutting down from dropping enrollments, those in Utah and other parts of the West and South are bucking that trend and remain stable.

Catholic Alumni Partnership engages alumni in effort to resurrect Catholic elementary schools

Catholic Alumni Partnership is a fundraising initiative that enables schools and dioceses to communicate with graduates of Catholic elementary school in a way which inspires them to give back. CAP has now been implemented in ten dioceses across the country benefiting more than 450 Catholic elementary schools.

Out of nowhere a network emerged to save Catholic schools

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia’s fledgling network of Catholic elementary schools in impoverished neighborhoods is embarking on an ambitious undertaking.

Catholic school eyes city’s growing Hispanic population

The Green Bay Area Catholic Education System, or GRACE, is launching a Spanish immersion program at St. Thomas More School in an effort to both attract the city’s growing Hispanic population and other students interested in an intense language program.

Campaign for Catholic Schools in Boston is strategically reforming urban Catholic schools

Campaign for Catholic Schools (CCS) in Boston is a bold, strategic initiative to reform and strengthen the urban Catholic school system in one of the most Catholic metropolises in the country. Have Faith in Education had the opportunity to talk with Mary Myers, vice president of development, and hear more about what CCS is doing to reinvigorate the Catholic education model.

Regina team paying it forward in Guatemala

Students at Regina Catholic Education Center in Iowa City prepare to travel to Antigua, Guatemala for a service trip this summer. Over their ten day trip, the group plans to build three homes and connect with locals.

Maguire Foundation promotes quality education throughout Greater Philadelphia

The Maguire family has turned a lifelong devotion toward education into a foundation that promotes education throughout Greater Philadelphia from middle school through college graduation. Have Faith in Education had the opportunity to talk with the Maguire Foundation to discuss current initiatives and an overall mission that is grounded in the teachings of St. Ignatius Loyola.

DSJ young adult reflects on Catholic education, embarks on grad school

Therese Eugenie Blanch, a senior at Loyola Marymount University and soon-to-be graduate student at Johns Hopkins, reflects on the advantages of her Catholic education.

TV Segment on Catholic School’s Classical Curriculum Wins News Award

EWTN Nightly News has received a “Gabriel Award” for reporting on the Catholic classical curriculum at Saint Jerome Academy in Hyattsville, Md. The award is given by the Catholic Academy of Communication Professionals to programs that “uplift and nourish the human spirit.”

Catholic school to adopt new learning model

Seton Education Partners, a non-profit education consultancy, has selected St. Joseph Catholic School in Cincinnati’s West End to join its Seton Blended Learning Network. Seton’s learning model combines computer-based instruction and traditional classroom learning.

Lynn Catholic schools receive $1 million gift

William and Jane Mosakowski and the Catholic Schools Foundation have made a 5-year commitment to provide funding to Lynn Catholic Schools in Massachusetts. They believe the gift will provide a strong foundation for future Catholic school students to build successful and meaningful lives.

Two priests on bikes ride again!

Father Terry Anderson, pastor at Holy Trinity Catholic School, and Father Mark Lichter, pastor at Sacred Heart Catholic Schools in Yankton, South Dakota are getting on their bikes again this spring to ride in a friendly competition to see who raises the most money for their schools.

Transformation in Education with Patricia Weitzel-O’Neill and Kristin Barstow Melley

Have Faith in Education had the opportunity to talk with Patricia Weitzel-O’Neill and Kristin Barstow Melley, Executive Director and Associate Director for Professional Development at the Roche Center for Catholic Education. The two discuss their Catholic identity and how it fuels their mission, vision and motivation for transforming Catholic education.

Notre Dame visits three ‘thriving’ Tucson schools on national bus tour

Notre Dame’s Alliance for Education bus stopped in Tucson last month to visit three local Catholic schools that have gone from nearly closing to thriving since partnering with the program.

Catholic Education Arizona – Lisa’s Story

Lisa Campbell-Watson, a single mother of four, credits Catholic schools with not only helping her family through the death of her husband but with also teaching her children the importance of being good citizens.

Conference of Catholic leaders focuses on future of schools

The National Catholic Educational Association’s annual convention and expo was held April 22-24 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh. Nearly 6,000 participants, including teachers, administrators, catechists, priests and professors gathered to discuss the importance of the Catholic Church’s educational ministry.

Breakfast Celebrates 25 Years of Helping Families Afford Catholic Education

The annual School Bell Breakfast in Kansas City will celebrate 25 years of the Strong City School Fund. The Fund has invested more than $36 million in urban core education and assisted with sending more than 26,000 children to neighborhood Catholic schools.

County Catholic Schools Put Pope’s Teachings into Action

Pope Francis’ leadership has shaped the classroom approach to social justice and reconnected students to their religion at County Catholic in Frederick, MD.