Daniel Conway, who was recently appointed consultant to the archbishop for mission advancement, has more than 30 years of stewardship experience that he will apply toward his primary focus -- raising funds for Catholic schools.
Conway, whose appointment was announced by Archbishop Robert J. Carlson last month, spearheaded chief stewardship and development at St. Meinrad Archabbey and Seminary, the Archdiocese of Louisville, the Archdiocese of Indianapolis and the Archdiocese of Chicago, working on strategic planning, communications, stewardship education and development.
The Catholic Education Office sponsored a Catholic Schools Week 2010 Essay Contest, inviting students to write on the theme "Catholic Schools -- the Good News in Education." Each school could submit one entry in each of four categories: primary grades (a drawing with caption or 25-word essay), intermediate, middle school and high school.
The winning essays will be posted on the Catholic Education Office web pages of the archdiocesan website, archstl.org/education, on the elementary, secondary and special education web pages.
The archdiocesan Board of Catholic Education has been streamlined and reorganized from 24 members meeting monthly to 15 members meeting every other month.
The change, explained superintendent of Catholic education George Henry, was suggested by the board itself.
"Evaluations showed that the board was not being as effective as it could be to meet the major issues facing Catholic education," Henry said. "The board itself and I, through its reassessment, recommended reducing the size of the board, making it more workable."
A supplementary reading program at St. Joan of Arc School in South St. Louis is showing promising results.
The school is in a pilot program for Reading Plus, a software or Internet-based program for reading improvement and assessment which helps struggling readers as well as average and advanced readers become even more proficient.