Sisters’ Gifts and Contributions Recognized
Over the years our sisters have served in many types of ministries. When the need arose, we responded whenever it was possible. Although we no longer serve in some of these same ministries today—or perhaps do so in different capacities—the influence of those early sisters is still felt. Echoes of that influence were heard in recent celebrations on both the east and west coasts.
St. Catherine of Bologna School Receives STEM Certification
About six years ago, St. Catherine of Bologna School in Ringwood was invited to be one of eight New Jersey schools piloting STEM education (science, technology, engineering, and math). Over the intervening years, five of those school moved out of the program for various reasons. The three remaining schools—one of which was St. Catherine’s—are the first Catholic elementary schools in the U. S. to receive STEM certification. Sister Theresa Firenze, principal of St. Catherine’s, described the program’s emphasis on the inquiry method. “Science, technology, engineering, and math ‘blur’ their lines” she explained, “and connections, exploration, and problem-solving are at the service of making discoveries that will make the world better for all over here.”
Sister Corda Honor Society at the Catholic High School of Baltimore
During Sister Corda Marie Bergbauer’s 14 years at the Catholic High School of Baltimore (1956-1970), she taught English, served as chair of the English Department, and was advisor of the TCHS newspaper, The Highway. Recently she received a letter from members of the school’s current English department telling her about the school’s newly initiated National English Honor Society and informing her that they had chosen to name it the Sister Corda Marie Bergbauer Chapter of the National English Honor Society in honor of her years of dedicated service. She was invited to attend the first induction ceremony. In addressing the students, Sister Corda thanked them for the honor and recalled some of her own experiences in TCHS. She closed her comments by reminding them of the values Catholic High continues to hold dear. “You, too, like me, will leave TCHS,” she said, “but may TCHS never leave you.”
Clare of Assisi House Opening Soon
Clare of Assisi House is moving closer to an opening date and two of our sisters are actively involved, not only in making that opening happen but also in being actively involved in carrying out the facility’s mission. Robin Ball, the founder and director of Clare of Assisi House, envisions a place in the Reading and Berks County area where women coming out of prison can find both a second chance and a safe and supportive environment. Sisters Eileen Doherty and Kathleen McMullin, assistant director and program director respectively, will assist staff in providing multiple services to help the women reintegrate back into society and to regain their independence. The team has established partnerships with various local organizations and has held various fundraisers to translate their plans into realities.