Pictured above: (l.-r.) Director of Education, Catherine McCullough, Principal of St. Charles College Secondary School, Patty Mardero, Principal of St. Benedict Catholic Secondary School, Karl Dreger and His Excellency, Bishop Noel Simard.

From the Sudbury Catholic DSB: Catholic School Board Principals and Senior Administration met at the Sudbury Diocesan Centre on Thursday, February 11, 2010 to celebrate their faith and share best practices.

The day started with a Mass led by His Excellency Bishop Noel Simard. During Mass the Bishop stressed to principals and administrators present the unique and timely significance of Catholic education today and their role in guiding and strengthening our system.

“We have to be proactive in proclaiming and showing the importance of Catholic Education. Catholic education will allow our students to become people full of compassion and this is our challenge – to be strong and unite in the celebration of our faith,” said Bishop Simard.

When speaking of the sacrifices principals face, as leaders in our system, the Bishop asked the audience “Is it all worth it?” He answered his own question very simply but emphatically – “you bet!”

The gathering was asked to act as pillars of strength in their own school communities and were given the task of taking their inspiration back to their staff and students to engage them in a renewal of their faith.

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