St. Katharine Drexel Prep marks its debut
Archbishop Gregory Aymond blesses students at St. Katharine Drexel Prep’s official opening on Aug. 9. On hand at the celebration were Joseph Peychaud, school president (above, left of the archbishop); Clerk of Court Dale Atkins (in white), one of the Xavier Prep alumnae who led the campaign to save the school; and Dr. Jan Lancaster (in blue), superintendent of Catholic schools. Below, students wearing the yellow-and-black plaid skirts of the former Xavier Prep embrace on their first day of school at the campus at 5116 Magazine St.
Visiting in Rome with Pope Francis was a revelation
You traveled to Rome several weeks ago. Can you recap your trip?
I went to Rome for three reasons, and it was providential that all three coincided within the same week. I am the bishop moderator of the Catholic Leadership Institute (CLI), which provides continuing education and formation for priests through a program called “Good Leaders, Good Shepherds.” CLI also offers a similar program for bishops.
Vatican doctors reviewing Delille case
While doctors affiliated with the Vatican’s Congregation for the Causes of Saints still are reviewing evidence submitted for a healing that could lead to the beatification of Mother Henriette Delille
– the foundress of the Sisters of the Holy Family in pre-Civil War New Orleans – Archbishop Gregory Aymond said his recent meeting in Rome with the cardinal who leads the congregation reiterated the need to continue vigorously promoting her cause.
Changes coming in 2014-15 year at Mount Carmel
Beth Ann Simno, longtime administrator at Mount Carmel Academy and a guiding force in the recovery of the school post-Katrina, will assume the role of the school’s principal in June 2014, according to Congregation of Mount Carmel president, Sister Lawrence Habetz, and current president/principal Sister of Mount Carmel Camille Anne Campbell.
Simno, 58, began her career as an educator at Mount Carmel Academy in 1978 and was appointed vice president of the school in 1992 by its board of directors. Simno will be the first lay principal of the all-girls’ Catholic institution.
The announcement of Simno as principal falls near the celebration of the feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel.
Notre Dame Seminary expanding its enrollment
Father James Wehner, one year into his assignment as rector-president of Notre Dame Seminary, understands that quality is much more important than quantity when it comes to evaluating the effectiveness of a seminary formation program.
But when you have both, that’s even better.
Deacon Everett J. Williams laid to rest Aug. 2
Photos by Christine Bordelon | Clarion Herald
Archbishop Gregory Aymond concelebrated a funeral Mass for Deacon Everett J. Williams with Archbishops Alfred Hughes and Dominic Carmon on Aug. 2 at St. Rita Church in New Orleans.