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Xavier Fulfills Mission of Caring for the Whole Person: Mind, Body, and Spirit
John Guinan talks in glowing terms about the pastoral advising program at Xavier High School.  “It reminds me of how special a school I work at, a school willing to put its money where its mouth is when it says it cares for the whole person: mind, body and spirit,” Guinan, assistant campus ministry director and religion teacher, said.  He is also talking about the foundational values of the school. “At the end of the day,” Guinan said, “a Catholic institution needs to be a place that not only cares for the intellectual format...

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Campus Ministry Remains a Resource for Students
Recently, I was listening to a radio commercial for a small family-owned jewelry store. The owner was discussing the effects the pandemic had on his business and indicated that cross necklaces have been one of the most popular items in his store.  People feel extremely close to God, maybe even more so over the past 12 months. People are seeking spiritual guidance and frequently praying, seeking comfort from God. It must be challenging for college students who may be studying at home or if on campus, isolated from their families. Many students turn to campus ministry...

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Xavier Student, Friend Cook Up 'Pizza 4 Pals'
“God bless you,” said the woman as she walked away from the window at MacDonough School in Middletown, where the Christmas spirit was alive and well on a late December day. The woman had four children to feed, so the “take and bake” pizzas, part of the Pizza 4 Pals program, would bring holiday smiles to her kids. The program was conceived by friends Vincent Scileppi Jr. ‘23, and Aleia Goodison of Haddam. Scileppi’s father owns Iliiano’s, which has two locations in Middletown and Meriden. The idea, first thought of in the sprin...

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Saint Bernard School Junior Joins All-National Honor Choir
Lindsey Reilly, a junior at Saint Bernard School, has been named to the All- National Honor Ensembles Mixed Choir by the National Association for Music Education (NAfME). Lindsey is one of 30 Soprano 2 members selected among the thousands of applicants from across the nation to be part of the 240-person choir. She is also the only student in southeastern Connecticut to be chosen for any All-National Honor Ensemble. “I was so excited. I had auditioned as a sophomore and I didn’t expect to be considered. I can’t believe that I got in. It’s crazy ...

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Cecilia's Artist Adventure: Academy of the Holy Family Senior is a Published Illustrator
As a child, Cecilia Vu enjoyed drawing and could often be found doodling in class, but it came second to orchestra. Only at the Academy of the Holy Family in Baltic, Connecticut did she expand her artistic boundaries. Art teacher Sister Gabriel encouraged her to try different mediums including gouache, watercolor, and acrylic. Cecilia let God unfold this gift of art within her as she invested in paints and developed her talents.  While staying in New Hampshire with a friend from school, Cecilia took time to draw and paint. Her friend saw her work and was inspired to...

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Superintendent's Letter

Posted on January 18, 2021 in: School News

Superintendent's Letter
Dear Friends, January is always a special time in our schools as we celebrate Catholic Schools Week at the end of the month (January 31 thru February 6). The theme for the week from the National Catholic Education Association is, “Catholic Schools:  Faith, Excellence, Service.” During this week, our schools will celebrate with Masses and other activities, spotlighting the value Catholic education provides to young people and its many contributions to our church, our communities and our nation. As we consider the theme for the week, Faith certainly is ...

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Xavier Grad Wins $20,000 Entrepreneurial Award
Xavier graduate Peter Goggins recently reeled in a $20,000 first prize in a competition for start-up entrepreneurs. Goggins, ‘17, has a passion for improving the ecosystem that produces fish that ultimately end up on the dinner plate. The UConn senior, an environmental science major, has a startup company, Pisces Atlantic, which makes commercial fish food with healthier ingredients - mainly vegetable and insect protein. Most commercial fish foods contain fishmeal, ground-up trash fish, which can be expensive and contain some levels of mercury and polycarbonate p...

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Local Businesses Show Support to Catholic Schools
Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton, the Patron Saint of Catholic Schools, whose feast day is today, January 4, is the first American born saint to be canonized by the Church. She founded the first American religious community for women, the Sisters of Charity. She opened the first American parish school and established the first American Catholic orphanage. All this she did in the span of 46 years while raising her five children. This is why Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton is the saint whose name we attach to the Annual Scholarship Dinner.  Due to the pandemic the 11th Annual S...

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Mercy Math Club Seeks to Extend First Place Streak
Mercy High School continues its unblemished track record with a string of three first-place finishes in the competitive Middlesex County Math League, which includes teams representing 11 high schools from throughout the county. Mercy has been the only all-girls team to participate in the Middlesex County Math League since they began participating a few years ago.  Mercy entered the league just four years ago, in the fall of 2016. In that premiere year, the students earned second place in the large high school division in the league. In only their second year, the...

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Superintendent's Letter: Advent is An Important Time in Our Schools
My Dear Friends, December is a very special month for all of us. It is certainly about Christmas, but for all of us it is also about Advent. Advent is the time to remember and prepare for the real meaning of Christmas and the coming of Jesus into the world. This is an important educational opportunity for our schools. We all know that our schools are excellent academically, but we realize that they also exist for the purpose of spreading the Word of the Lord. In our very secular world, our teachers can talk to our students about our faith and how it relates to Advent ...

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