July 9, 2015 |
The e-mail left many parents at the private Catholic school upset and confused. The well-respected director of religious education had just been fired. Nell Stetser, principal of Waldron Mercy Academy, an elementary school in Merion, sent the e-mail Friday to say that Margie Winters was out of a job after eight years. The reasons were confidential, Stetser wrote. But the "context" she went on to offer included clues to what the school saw as a problem: Winters is in a same-sex marriage.
July 9, 2015 |
A RELIGIOUS-EDUCATION director at a Montgomery County Catholic school has been dismissed because, parents say, she is lesbian wedded to a woman. Many parents have voiced support for the educator, Margie Winters, director of religious education and outreach, calling her "inspirational" and "dedicated. " Now they're directing their ire not at the school and its sponsor, the Sisters of Mercy, but at the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and Archbishop Charles Chaput. "It's time to get the attention of the Archdiocese and the Catholic hierarchy and let them know this is illegal," said Katie Culver, who has three children at the school.
June 27, 2015 |
Teachers at the Archdiocese of Philadelphia's 17 high schools voted Wednesday to ratify a one-year labor contract. The contract provides the union's 625 members with $1,350 salary raises. A previous contract, which only guaranteed $1,200 raises, was rejected unanimously at a May 27 meeting. The average Catholic high school teacher has 20 years of experience and is paid $49,000 annually. Rita Schwartz, president of Local 1776 of the Association of Catholic Teachers, said her members rejected the original contract because the pay raise did not cover increasing medical insurance premiums.
June 3, 2015 |
Don Saleski, the scrappy former Flyers forward affectionately known as Big Bird during his playing days, has spread his wings. As a result, thousands of teenagers, primarily from the inner city, are benefiting through scholarships that pay for most of their tuition to parochial grade schools and high schools in the Philadelphia area. Forty years after he was on a Flyers team that won its second straight Stanley Cup, Saleski now is a partner with a company that processes payments for hospitals, but he also finds time to be chairman of Business Leaders Organized for Catholic Schools (BLOCS)
May 22, 2015 |
Debra Brillante, who has nearly 25 years of experience as a Catholic educator, has been named superintendent of elementary schools for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Her appointment, announced Wednesday by the Office of Catholic Education, takes effect immediately. Brillante, 60, had held the post on an interim basis since November when Jacqueline P. Coccia left to become the academic dean at the Academy of Notre Dame de Namur, a private Catholic girls' school in Villanova.
April 20, 2015 |
Luz Carabello, her husband, and their two children left Camden last May and moved into their new home in West Deptford. But Carabello, a Camden native who lived in the city for most of her life, never considered taking her son and daughter out of Camden's St. Joseph Pro-Cathedral School. Carabello, 30, was the first member of her family to graduate from high school and college. Now an emergency-room nurse at Inspira Medical Center in Woodbury, she said she owed her success to Camden's Catholic schools.
February 17, 2015 |
In 2012, Philadelphia Archbishop Charles J. Chaput rescinded the threatened closing of four Catholic high schools after a group of developers, executives, and foundations promised to raise money and take a more active role supporting them. On behalf of those schools, a private group that helps families pay tuition has more than tripled its yearly scholarship grants through Pennsylvania's Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program and related credits. The credits allow companies to redirect part of their state taxes to private, independent, and parochial schools so they can provide tuition assistance to any student who applies, until the money runs out. Business Leaders Organized for Catholic Schools started as an archdiocese-controlled, lay- and ecumenically led, corporate-backed effort in 1980.
December 25, 2014 |
They have danced in ugly sweaters, washed cars, and pleaded and lobbied to save St. Paul School in Burlington City. In only a few weeks, the grassroots appeal has raised nearly $125,000, half of what the 144-year-old parish school must raise or else be forced to close for the 2015-16 school year. With a few weeks remaining in the campaign, advocates are optimistic that they will raise $250,000 by Jan. 15 and keep the Burlington County school open. Students enjoyed breakfast with Santa at the school Tuesday before early dismissal for their holiday break.
November 2, 2014 |
More than 3,500 Catholic educators from across the Archdiocese of Philadelphia gathered at the Convention Center on Friday morning for what was called the region's first Archbishop's Day for Teachers and Administrators. Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, who said he held such sessions every year he was bishop in Denver and Rapid City, S.D., used the occasion to thank educators and release a pastoral letter outlining his commitment to Catholic schools and stating that religion remains at their core.