St. Angela Merici

Federation of Catholic Schools fosters collaboration

St. Angela Merici eighth-grader Jeremiah King talked on camera about what makes the school great and, pointing to a picture of Archbishop Robert J. Carlson, said, “this guy’s cool.” Cara Koen, director of advancement for the Northeast Deanery Federation of Catholic Schools, visited with students at the schools of the federation to shoot a video.

Cara Koen aimed her iPhone at the young student standing in front of a brightly colored bulletin board at St. Norbert School. "OK, let's do the come-and-explore part again," she told second-grader Cadence Levin.

Koen visited the Florissant school earlier this month to shoot video promoting Catholic Schools Week. As director of advancement for the Federation of Catholic Schools in the Northeast Deanery, such work is a regular part of Koen's routine.

‘Renaissance’ of Catholic education to extend to North County schools

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The Archdiocesan School Oversight Committee is recommending the creation of a new partnership model of governance among four Catholic schools in the Northeast St. Louis County.

Under the model, four schools — St. Angela Merici, St. Ferdinand, St. Norbert and St. Rose Philippine Duchesne, all in Florissant — would be jointly operated by the sponsoring parishes and the archdiocese. The new model would ensure educational and religious educational programs are of similar quality in all of the schools, including enhanced staffing and programs.

St. Ferdinand Thanksgiving Dinner is about building community

Kindergarten student Lily Talbott colored a placemat recently for a community dinner on Thanksgiving. For 17 years, St. Ferdinand and other north St. Louis County churches have sponsored a Thanksgiving dinner for the community. The project, inspired by Pope John Paul II’s visit to St. Louis, brings people together who are in need of physical and/or spiritual nourishment. St. Ferdinand school children decorated placemats in advance of the dinner.

When you're hosting Thanksgiving dinner for more than 500 people, it's best to keep things streamlined.

That's what volunteers have learned from hosting the St. Ferdinand Thanksgiving Dinner for 17 years. The annual event provides a free meal on Thanksgiving Day and helps build community in the process.

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