Principals and Pastors Celebrate Partnership in Transforming Lives

On June 6, 2018, Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin C.Ss.R., and Dr. Margaret A. Dames, Secretary for Catholic Education and Superintendent of Schools hosted a luncheon to celebrate the successes of the sixty-six catholic elementary schools in the Archdiocese of Newark. The theme of the celebration was a quote from St. Teresa of Calcutta “I can do things you cannot, you can do things I cannot; together we can do great things.” Dr. Dames spoke of the outstanding strides made in Catholic School Education are a direct result of the cooperative and collaborative relationship with church and school as evident by the pastors and principals in attendance from each school.

Cardinal Tobin, along with his twelve siblings are products of Catholic schools, shared the importance of the work Catholic school leaders are doing to present the value proposition of a Catholic education. Furthermore, Cardinal Tobin highlighted the significant opportunity Catholic schools have: “not only do Catholic schools provide information but also formation, which later becomes transformation.”

Rev. Msgr. Robert E. Emery, Regional Vicar for Essex County and Pastor of Our Lady of Sorrows, said “it was a pleasure to gather with principals, pastors, and the Archdiocese to recognize the wonderful accomplishments of our Catholic schools. There was a great sense of enthusiasm in the room, and it was clear everyone enjoyed being together and are looking forward to an exciting future.”

Mrs. Filomena Ranaudo-D’Amico, Principal Academy of Our Lady of Grace, mentioned: “having a pastor’s spiritual direction for a school matched with a principal’s educational leadership is a perfect partnership.” Mrs. Ranaudo-D’Amico thought the lunch was a lovely event to allow schools to connect with other pastors and principals and appreciated the tremendous support of Cardinal Tobin and the entire community of schools as a factor to their success.