What started as a part-time job at his alma mater has blossomed into a career for Deacon Paul Wood that has spanned more than four decades at Bishop Dunne Catholic School. The school literally has become a second home for him.
Cherished friends and beloved memories surround Kelly Dickerson during every working hour. Dickerson, who teaches fifth-grade English and reading at St. Rita Catholic School, returned to serve at her alma mater as a teacher in 2012 after exploring other fields.
For Janet Maher, the path to her vocation as a teacher really began on the ice rink. A graduate of Ursuline Academy and the University of Texas at Arlington, Maher returned to Immaculate Conception in 1988 and has since taught every grade level and nearly every subject.
Diocese of Dallas athletes and schools were well-represented during National Signing Day, as several of them committed to Division I universities in various sports, while others said they would also be playing in other divisions.
Catholic schools across the Diocese of Dallas celebrated Catholic Schools Week 2014 by highlighting their campuses as “Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service.”
Thousands of people converged on downtown Dallas for the 2014 March for Life Mass at the Dallas Convention Center, a venue that Bishop Kevin J. Farrell said to thunderous applause that he would like to outgrow within the next two years.
Holy Family of Nazareth Catholic School in Irving never had welcomed back a former student wearing official Harlem Globetrotters gear. But when Globetrotters’ rookie Joyce “Sweet J” Ekworomadu visited the school on Jan. 27, posters saluting the Globetrotters adorned the gym’s walls. The school band played lively music as the students greeted the professional basketball player and applauded the fact that her career began in a Holy Family jersey.
St. Patrick Catholic School principal Fran Thompson and sixth-grade teacher Pat Thompson read each other’s facial expressions as easily as they’d read a textbook or an email. They are approaching a combined 67 years as educators at St. Patrick, where each has taught the other’s children and shared the blessings of the school’s growth.
For the first time in its 67-year history, Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic School has a gymnasium of its own. On Dec. 17, Dallas Bishop Kevin J. Farrell joined the school’s faculty, staff and students for a ceremony to dedicate the newly built 11,000-square-foot facility.
To celebrate the 2013 Christmas holiday season, students from Diocese of Dallas Catholic schools participated in charity projects as well as took part in school Christmas programs.