NDA Students Mark Week by Serving Others

February 3, 2019

TYNGSBORO -- The Academy of Notre Dame recently celebrated its Catholic identity in honor of national Catholic Schools Week.

“Catholic Schools Week is a fun week filled with activities that remind us of who we are and the faith of our community that brings us together,” said Hope Griffin, Upper School director of Campus Ministry, who coordinated the day’s events.

Each day has its own theme that focuses on an aspect of a Catholic school environment and faith. Students celebrate their community, each other and our nation, as well as the vocations, faculty, staff, volunteers and administrators that support their work.

“Here at the academy, our commitment to balancing academic rigor and faith formation is stronger than ever,” Academy President John O’Brien said. “We are rooted in the philosophy of St. Julie Billiart which calls us to ‘teach what they need to know for life.’”

Events included visits to a local nursing home, creating thank-you cards for those who have made an impact, dress-down days, prayers and more. The highlight of the week was celebrating Mass in honor of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur and their devotion to their vocation. The liturgy is followed by a reception to thank the sisters and board for all they do for NDA.

Griffin believes the week is critical in developing a commitment to giving back to the community.

“A central aspect of Catholic education is learning the importance of service to others,” Griffin stated. “When students take part in service activities, they demonstrate the values and faith gained through Catholic education.”

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