FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
BRONX CATHOLIC ELEMENTARY SCHOOL CELEBRATES
A CENTURY OF EXCELLENCE AND VALUES IN EDUCATION
100th Year Anniversary Gala to be held on November 16th, 2013
[Bronx, New York – May 5, 2013] For over a century since its founding by the Sisters of Charity, Saint Barnabas Elementary School has provided a quality Catholic education to over 5,000 children in the Woodlawn Heights section of the Bronx.
To celebrate this historic occasion, Saint Barnabas Elementary School is hosting a 100th Anniversary Gala on Saturday, November 16th Avenue from 7pm to 1am at Maestro’s Caterers, 1703 Bronxdale, in the Van Nest section of the Bronx.
During the evening, three individuals associated with the school will be honored. Sr. Eileen Fagan, SC, a former 8th Professor of Religious Studies and Department Chair at the College of Mount Saint Vincent. Mrs. Marian Macias has taught at Saint Barnabas for 40 years as a Math and English teacher on the Junior High level. Mr. Michael McEneney, a graduate from the class of 1945, is a retired attorney and a life-long St. Barnabas parishioner and benefactor.
Msgr. Michael A. Reilly, the founding Pastor of Saint Barnabas, invited the Sisters of Charity to establish a school so that children in the Woodlawn and McLean Heights areas could be properly catechized in the faith. In the beginning of February of 1913, four Sisters of Charity arrived and began registering students. On the first day of school, seventy-six students were enrolled. They were divided into three grades and classes were taught in the basement, today known as the Lower Church. On May 16, 1915, the cornerstone was laid for a permanent structure. On April 13, 1916, John Cardinal Farley, the archbishop of New York, dedicated the new school building. The school serves 300 students from grades PreK-3 to 8 and enjoys a close partnership with St. Barnabas High School.
The pastor, Msgr. Edward Barry, remarked, “St. Barnabas parishioners can be proud of their Elementary School. It does a great job of educating their children about the faith.” Mr. Greg Viceroy, the principal of Saint Barnabas, commented, “All of the faculty and staff here at Saint Barnabas are dedicated to educating the whole child and we are committed to seeing every boy and girl develop and grow into an educated follower of Christ.”
Additionally, an Anniversary Mass will be celebrated on Sunday, November 17th Saint Barnabas High School Chapel. Msgr. Barry will be the main celebrant and Father Martin Biglin, a former Parochial Vicar at St. Barnabas and currently the Pastor of Holy Name of Jesus Church in New Rochelle, will preach the homily. All graduates and former faculty members are invited to attend.
Tickets for the Gala are $100 per person. A table of twelve costs $1,200. For more information, contact John Noone at 914-684-6540 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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McEneney, Mike (MC1953)
[JR: Congrats, Mike. So you do more than Jasper Jottings research? Laff! ]
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