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Student numbers grow in Chicago school

on Thursday, 09 February 2012.

The Catholic School Advantage Campaign works with (arch)dioceses to open up the possibility of a Catholic education to more students. In the Archdiocese of Chicago, St. Collete has seen a record 13% growth after working with the CSA Campaign. Read more about the wonderful story of St. Collete and other great news from Chicago Catholic schools in the Spanish newspaper Catolico. St. Colette.

Father Joe Corpora Appointed as Bishops' Consultant on Education

Written by William Schmitt on Thursday, 02 February 2012.

Rev. Joseph Corpora, C.S.C., director of university-school partnerships in the Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) at the University of Notre Dame, has been appointed a consultant to the Committee on Catholic Education of theU.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).

Father Corpora, who is working to boost Latino enrollments in Catholic K-12 schools in his role as director of ACE’s Catholic School Advantage campaign, will consult with the bishops’ committee for a term extending to November 2014.

The committee provides guidance for the educational mission of the Church in the United States in all its institutional settings; its scope includes Catholic elementary and secondary schools as well as Catholic colleges and universities.

In the Spotlight: Peter Piscitello

on Wednesday, 01 February 2012.

As part of the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas, the CYO of Johnson & Wyandotte Counties is home to over 5,500 kids who represent their parishes while participating in football, volleyball, basketball and track each year.

When Peter Piscitello became the executive director of the CYO in 2010, he saw an opportunity to reshape the way these children, their parents and coaches interact with youth sports. "Youth sports are a tremendous vehicle for spiritual, physical and even cognitive growth," he notes. "It's important that in our Catholic parishes and schools we recognize the impact sports can have in a young person's life and treat it as a ministry, as an extension of their Catholic education." In the face of a society that can take youth sports too seriously and create poor environments for children, this meant finding a way to give parents and coaches the tools to lead a revitalized approach to youth sports.

Peter's search for a partner in the formation of coaches and parents led him to Notre Dame and the Play Like a Champion program. This past fall, the CYO implemented the "Sports as Ministry" and "Parent Like a Champion" workshops for coaches and parents. The response has been fantastic, with every coach in the organization attending along with a parent from nearly all of the participating families. "You can see the impact right away," Peter says, "the program helps parents and coaches to see sports as a way to develop their kids' relationship with Christ and grow as individuals. The feedback from parents and coaches has been fantastic and the environment at games has been great." The partnership has helped the CYO be a leader in providing an authentically Catholic opportunity for kids to participate in sports.

Peter developed his passion for this ministry at an early age, as he knows first-hand the impact of youth sports. A lifelong fan and competitor in a variety of sports, Peter came to the CYO from work in collegiate athletics. He met his wife Tessa while an undergraduate at Benedictine College and is thrilled to be settled in Kansas City with his family.

Regional Round-up

on Tuesday, 31 January 2012.

Last night, February 2, the Boston Advocates hosted a Happy Hour for all Catholic school faculty and administrators. On February 9, the group will host FACTS Night at St. Rose School, helping families complete FACTS forms for financial aid.  And on February 11, the community will have its monthly Mass and dinner, beginning at 4:00 pm at St. Cecelia Parish.

Coming up in Chicago this spring is a community-building Happy Hour and the region's annual Fundraiser.

Denver Advocates 2012 Newsletter VersionDenver Advocates held their annual Happy Hour Fundraiser in January. Regional chair Sarah Grey reports, "[It] was a huge success! We raised $2,624 for Annunciation Catholic School, $700 more than last year!" Special thanks goes to the Denver ND Club for its generous donation.

On Saturday, February 18, the Indianapolis Advocates will hold a service project at Holy Name School. Gary Asher, the region's chair, said that when the principal of Holy Name told a local contractor what the Advocates are planning, the contractor offered to donate paint and labor to the effort. Gary said, "We love it when the Spirit inspires others to join our service to Catholic Schools."

In Richmond, Advocates will attend Mass together tomorrow night, February 4, at St. Joseph Parish, followed by a talent show and silent auction at that school.  They will cap off the night with a texasretreatad120611 mobilevisit to the Convent, where the Richmond-based ACE teachers live.

As previously advertised, our Austin and Dallas Advocates will enjoy a weekend retreat together later this month at Balcones Springs.

Our active Advocates community in Tucson will hold a soccer tournament next month at St. Ambrose, and a one-day Lenten Retreat at Picture Rock. The group continues its bi-weekly Community Night at Santa Cruz, where they begin with Lectio Divina prayer at 5:30pm, offer free classes until 7:30pm, and then enjoy a shared meal.

Remick Leadership Retreats and Renews

on Tuesday, 31 January 2012.

Nuzzi"The word 'retreat' has military connotations," admitted Fr. Ron Nuzzi in a Sunday homily to members of the Remick Leadership Program's tenth cohort. He continued, though, "To retreat is to surrender temporarily, but in order to gather the resources that you need in order to return to the front."

When it comes to resources, what tops the list for a Catholic school leader? Not books, not the latest technology, not funding for athletics and fine arts programs--though these aren't unimportant. What tops the list for these committed educators is a sense of faith and mission that guides their daily work. The most cherished, most necessary "resource" to have on hand in the principal's office is a nurtured relationship with Jesus Christ.

That is why the Remick Leadership program gathers its participants, all of whom are engaged in the daily administration of Catholic schools, for an annual winter retreat.

First-year program participants met in January, soon to be followed in mid-February by their second-year counterparts. Every year, the resounding chorus of feedback affirms that the weekend provides a replenishment of those much-needed resources: precious time for quiet reflection, re-connection with one another, prayer, and a motivating charge as they return for the second semester.

Our Catholic schools are blessed by the efforts of these faith-filled men and women. Join the ACE community in praying for them and all Catholic school leaders, that with each new challenge they face in their service, they may be continually strengthened and empowered by the Holy Spirit.

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