St. Benedict will accept the award on October 26, 2019 at Gaudeamus Event
Kansas City, KS – St. Benedict Catholic School in Atchison, Kansas, will receive the 2019 Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann CEF School of Excellence Award from the Catholic Education Foundation on October 26.
School Principal Helen Schwinn will accept the award at Gaudeamus, an annual gathering of more than 1,300 Catholic education supporters.
Twenty schools in Northeast Kansas applied for this year’s School of Excellence Award. The School of Excellence committee evaluates each school’s application based on the following criteria: Joyfully Catholic, Diligently Achieving, Intentionally Self-Giving, Prudently Managed, and Forwardly Thinking. St. Benedict serves 210 students in Atchison and offers preschool through 8th grade.
“We are very proud of the high-quality, faith-filled education that St. Benedict is providing for students in Atchison,” said Vincent Anch, Executive Director for the Catholic Education Foundation. “We look forward to working with St. Benedict to make Catholic education possible for even more children.”
To learn more about the Catholic Education Foundation and Gaudeamus, which has been ranked as one of Kansas City’s Top Ten events for eight consecutive years, please visit https://www.cefks.org/. All proceeds raised at Gaudeamus benefit the Catholic Education Foundation’s scholarship program for low-income students.
About the Catholic Education Foundation
Founded in 1997, the Catholic Education Foundation provides more than $2.4 million a year in scholarships for approximately 1,500 students attending designated Catholic schools in Northeast Kansas. The mission of the Catholic Education Foundation is to ensure that all families who seek a high-quality, faith-filled education for their children are able to receive it, regardless of their financial circumstances. Scholarships from the Catholic Education Foundation are based strictly on financial need; there is no requirement that the students or families are Catholic to attend the schools or receive financial assistance.
May your Easter season be joyous! Enjoy the beauty of the Mystery Resurrection Art project created by kindergarten through 8th grade students on Holy Thursday under the direction of art teacher, Jen Tufte. Students blindly followed directions without knowing how beautiful the end result would be. This project was one of the four stations students visited. Others included a Seder Meal, viewing the Shroud of Turin, and the outdoor Stations of the Cross presented by the 8th grade.
Dear Members of the St. Benedict Parish and School Community,
“For everything there is a season, and time for every matter under heaven…” [Ecclesiastes 3:1].
This verse seems particularly appropriate for the subject of my letter to you today. As you know, Mrs. Diane Liebsch, our wonderful school principal, is retiring, and we have been in the process of trying to identify a suitable replacement. Finding good Catholic school leaders can be challenging, and we knew finding one who could possibly follow in the footsteps of Mrs. Liebsch could be particularly challenging.
As you may recall, I asked a committee of respected Catholic educators and parishioners to assist me in this process. We interviewed 4 wonderfully faithful Catholic educators who are passionate about Catholic schools. While we had hoped to make this announcement much sooner, more in the “season” that we had in mind, but apparently God had another season in mind! As always, God’s timing is perfect.
I am very pleased to announce that we have an excellent new principal! Mrs. Helen Schwinn, currently a well-respected biology teacher and house community leader at Maur Hill-Mount Academy, will be the new principal at St. Benedict Catholic School. Some of you may already know Mrs. Schwinn from MH-MA, but you may not be aware of her background and experience. Mrs. Schwinn has more than 33 years of experience in Catholic and public schools as both a teacher and school leader, including serving as principal at Immaculata High School in Leavenworth. In addition, Mrs. Schwinn has been a middle and high school basketball, volleyball, and track coach, as well as a class and club sponsor. Mrs. Schwinn holds a BA in Biology, with an English minor, which she received from Washburn University in Topeka. She earned her Master of Educational Administration from Emporia State University. The Schwinn family are active members of the Immaculate Conception/St. Joseph Parish in Leavenworth, where Helen serves as an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion. Mrs. Schwinn comes highly recommended by her colleagues, supervisors, and pastor.
We are very grateful to our Lord for sending us such a qualified and faithful spiritual leader who will be a wonderful successor to Mrs. Liebsch. Please join me in welcoming Mrs. Helen Schwinn to the St. Benedict community! Also, please join me a prayer of thanksgiving for the past ministry of Mrs. Liebsch and the future ministry of Mrs. Schwinn.
For everything there is, indeed, a season!
Fr. Jeremy Heppler, OSB
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