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Diocesan Educators Gather, Msgr. Lewis Award Winner Announced

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Approximately 700 Catholic school educators from the Diocese of Raleigh’s 30-plus schools and early childhood centers took part in Professional Development Day, sponsored by the Catholic Schools Office on October 14, 2011. The primary focus of this year’s day long gathering, held at St. Francis of Assisi Church in Raleigh, dealt with integrating technology into the 21st-century classroom. Sessions were available for elementary, middle school and high school teachers.

The day began with the celebration of Mass, with the Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge the Principal Celebrant. Concelebrants were Father Mark Reamer, OFM, Pastor of St. Francis of Assisi; Msgr. Gerald Lewis, Administrator of St. Paul Church in New Bern; Father Daniel Oschwald, Rector of Sacred Heart Cathedral; Father Scott McCue, Pastor of St. Thomas More Church in Chapel Hill; Father Romen Acero, Assistant Principal at Cardinal Gibbons High School; and Father Emmett Murphy, OFM, Parochial Vicar of St. Francis of Assisi Church.

In his homily, Bishop Burbidge expressed his gratitude to the teachers and principals for the significant sacrifice they undertake in devoting their lives to assisting parents in the faith formation and education of their children. He reminded them that they are chosen by God, called to be apostles with Christ, apostles like Christ, and apostles led by Christ.

Following Mass, the 2011 Monsignor Gerald L. Lewis Award for Excellence in Education was presented to Mrs. Diane G. McGrady, Director of Curriculum and Instruction at Sacred Heart Cathedral School. Mrs. McGrady has worked at Cathedral School for 30 years as teacher and staff member. She was introduced by Mrs. Anne Stahel, Chair of the Lewis Award.

Service awards were also presented to educators who were serving five-year milestone anniversaries of 5 to 30 years of service.

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Bishop Michael F. Burbidge during celebration at Professional Development Day for Catholic school educators.

Above: Bishop Michael F. Burbidge during celebration at Professional Development Day for Catholic school educators.

Bishop Burbidge presenting service award to teachers who are celebrating five-year milestone anniversaries.

Above: Bishop Burbidge presenting service award to teachers who are celebrating five-year milestone anniversaries.

Dr. Michael J. Fedewa, Msgr. Gerald L. Lewis, Mrs. Anne Stahel, Mrs. Diane G. McGrady, Dr. Colleen Grochowski and Bishop Michael F. Burbidge during presentation of Msgr. Lewis Award to Mrs. McGrady.

Above: Dr. Michael J. Fedewa, Msgr. Gerald L. Lewis, Mrs. Anne Stahel, Mrs. Diane G. McGrady, Dr. Colleen Grochowski and Bishop Michael F. Burbidge during presentation of Msgr. Lewis Award to Mrs. McGrady.