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CATHOLIC SCHOOLS DINNER CELEBRATED GIFT OF CATHOLIC EDUCATION

AWARD CEREMONY HONORED THOSE WITH MILESTONE ANNIVERSARIES

By STAFF     2/22/2017

On Friday, Jan. 27, teachers, staff and supporters of Catholic Schools in the Diocese of Orange gathered at the Christ Cathedral Academy for the Fourth Annual Celebration of Catholic Schools Dinner. This event, tied to the celebration of National Catholic Schools Week, was a wonderful opportunity for educators from across the Diocese to gather with Bishop Vann to enjoy an evening together, while celebrating the gift of Catholic schools.

The celebration began with a presentation of the St. John the Baptist Clover Choir. Fr. Jerry Horan, vicar of Faith Formation, offered the opening prayer. The featured speaker, Sister Carol Cimino, superintendent of the Diocese of Buffalo, spoke strongly for the mission of Catholic schools, while keeping the attendees laughing.

The heart of the evening was dedicated to honoring educators who are celebrating milestone anniversaries of service this year. Those with 25 years, to as many as 50 years of service, were honored by Superintendent Greg Dhuyvetter and Bishop Vann. This was followed by awarding the Bishop Kevin Vann Award for Service to Schools and Diocese. This year’s awards were given to Helen Steves, director of Campus Ministry at Mater Dei High School, and Gordon Schmitt, volunteer and member of the Diocesan Consultative School Board, which has been instrumental in facilitating technology advances in the Diocese.

The evening concluded with words and blessing from Bishop Vann, who praised educators for their work and encouraged all to continue to work together to build the ministry of Catholic schools in the Diocese of Orange.

 

Honorees

 

25th Anniversary

 

Janice Babcock /St. John the Baptist School

 

Barbara Barreda / St. Columban School

 

Jean Bullock / St. Barbara School

 

Geri Campeau / Mater Dei High School

 

Jeanne De Pasquale / St. Cecilia School

 

Raymond Dunne / Santa Margarita Catholic High School

 

Barbara Hudson / Mission Basilica School

 

Doreen Moore / Servite High School

 

Jeanne Pitoniak / Blessed Sacrament School

 

Chris Stringer / St. Joseph Catholic School

 

Debbie Vallas / Christ Cathedral Academy

 

 

30th Anniversary

 

Frances Clare / Mater Dei High School

 

Dr. Aileen Doyle / Mater Dei High School

 

Rick Dellefield / The Parish School – St. Edward the Confessor Parish

 

Jan Estrada / Holy Family Cathedral School

 

Sandra Mendes / St. John the Baptist School

 

Anita Newland / St. John the Baptist School

 

Mercedes Ponticello / Mission Basilica School

 

Adela Solis / School of Our Lady

 

Janet Sciarra / St. Pius V School

 

Doug Williams / Santa Margarita Catholic High School

 

 

35th Anniversary

 

Mary Alvarado / St. Cecilia School

 

Xenia Jeske / Blessed Sacrament School

 

Joyce Kolakowski / St. Pius V School

 

Patrick Murphy / Mater Dei High School

 

David Taylor / Mater Dei High School

 

 

40th Anniversary

 

Margaret Murillo / St. John the Baptist School

 

50th Anniversary

 

Roisin McAree / Blessed Sacrament School

 

Bishop Vann Award

 

Gordon Schmitt / Diocesan Consultative School Board Tech Committee

 

Helen Steves / Mater Dei High School Director of Campus Ministry

 

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