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“The Diocese of Albany Catholic Schools share a philosophy of learning that addresses the whole student – spiritually, academically, physically, socially, and emotionally – in a rich atmosphere of shared intellectual, moral and spiritual values.

We encourage our students to give back by focusing on learning, building a personal relationship with God and by offering service projects all year. It is part of our diocesan-wide effort to provide a well-rounded education.”

                    Michael E. Pizzingrillo,
                    Superintendent of Schools for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany

Your gift to the Bishop’s Appeal helps provide tuition assistance to students attending our four diocesan high schools. For these young people, works of mercy and social service are an important part of the educational experience in our diocesan schools.

Ann Pawlik serves as Campus Minister and teaches middle school Theology at Catholic Central High School in Troy. Ann oversees the Community Service Program.

Students at Catholic Central High School are expected to participate in the Community Service Program. Approximately 90% of the student body participates. All students in grades 7-12 are included in the program.

Some of the programs in which students participate include serving at the St. John/St. Ann Welcome Table in the South End of Albany, helping the Roarke Center in Troy pack their Thanksgiving baskets, serving dinner at the Troy Senior Center Annual Halloween Dinner Dance, staffing the Make-A-Wish booth at Crossgates Mall during the Christmas season, corresponding and visiting with Prayer Partners at the Sisters of St. Joseph Provincial House in Latham, just to name a few.

Students are encouraged to seek out their own volunteer opportunities. Many are involved in parish ministry as lectors and altar servers, serving as Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist, and in Music Ministry. Similarly, some students are catechists in their parishes. Several serve at area nursing homes. Others put in time over the summer at area daycare centers, summer camps and vacation Bible school, while others enjoy cooking and baking at the Ronald McDonald House.

“I hope that our students get a sense of purpose out of these activities”, says Ann. “I want them to feel satisfaction in a job well done, but even more than that, I want them to know that they are receiving as much or more than they are giving. In reading students’ reflection papers at the end of the school year, I know they are catching the spirit of being a person for others. I know they are coming to an understanding of ‘If not us, then who?’ "



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Albany, NY 12203
(518) 453-6680