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APRIL 19, 2018

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TCA student awarded Catholic U scholarship named for Bishop O’Connell By Rose O’Connor Correspondent

DIOCESAN PRIDE • Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., congratulates TCA senior Angie Labissiere, who was awarded the Most Reverend David M. O’Connell Service Scholarship by The Catholic University of America. The scholarship was named in honor of Bishop O’Connell, who served as the university’s president prior to his arrival as Bishop of Trenton. Labissiere plans to pursue studies in political science and international relations at CUA. John Blaine photo


or Trenton Catholic Academy senior Angie Labissiere, attending The Catholic University of America, Washington, and receiving the Most Reverand David M. O’Connell Service Scholarship is a dream come true. “I truly feel privileged to be chosen as the winner of the Bishop O’Connell Service Scholarship. Being able to attend college is a dream that I’ve always longed for,” the Hamilton school student said. “The fact that this scholarship is solely based on service means so much to me because service is a major part of my life. I owe all my blessings to the different service projects I have been a part of; they all played a huge part in breaking me out of my comfort zone and shaping me into the person I am today.”

“I truly feel privileged to be chosen as the winner of the Bishop O’Connell Service Scholarship.” The scholarship is a full-tuition, annually renewable, four-year scholarship. The prestigious award is offered to one student from the Diocese of Trenton who has shown a commitment to service to their school, parish and community. The scholarship honors Bishop O’Connell’s 12-year tenure as president of CUA, a post he held from 1998 to 2010. He was appointed coadjutor bishop of the Trenton Diocese by Pope Benedict XVI in June, 2010, then was named bishop of the Diocese in December, 2010. CUA inaugurated the Service Scholarship in 2011 to an entering freshman from the Diocese who embodies Bishop O’Connell’s dedication to service. As a Vincentian priest, the Bishop has devoted his life’s vocation to serving others, and selected as his episcopal motto – “Ministrare non ministrari,” meaning “to serve and not to be served.” Labissiere is a member of St. Mary Parish, Bordentown, along with her par-

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ents, Guerino and Yolette, and sisters, Stacey and Gayelle. In St. Mary Parish, Labissiere serves as a catechist and has been a Vacation Bible School counselor. She has also been an altar server since the fourth grade. Labissiere recently had the opportunity to thank Bishop O’Connell for the scholarship opportunity that bears his name when he visited TCA for a vocation awareness basketball game April 11. Labissiere said she wanted to attend The Catholic University of America for many reasons, one of which is because she has been able explore her faith at TCA. “The same way that being a student at a Catholic high school has made my educational experience better for me, I know it will have a positive impact on my college years as well,” she said. “The Catholic University (of America) … has everything I need to thrive. The opportunity to express my faith with others who feel as strongly as I [do] just isn’t something that I can experience at any other college.” Labissiere, who will study political science and international relations, said she plans to pursue a career in politics. “In pursuing political sciences I know I can make an impact on the world by helping others, just as Bishop O’Connell has helped me and more,” she said. She hopes to be able to apply her education to help the people of Haiti, her family’s homeland. In Trenton Catholic Academy, Labissiere is active in the student council and for Masses serves as a reader and sings


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in the choir. She is also a school ambassador, a peer mentor, a member of the yearbook staff, drama club and the Heritage Club, the Lady Mikes basketball team and runs track and field. “We are very proud of Angie,” said St. Joseph Sister Dorothy Payne, TCA president. “I know she will continue to grow in her Catholic faith and serve others in profound ways. We are grateful to

Bishop O’Connell for providing scholarship opportunities for the students in the Diocese of Trenton.” As her senior year in TCA winds down with prom and graduation on the horizon, Labissiere said she is looking forward to the next chapter in her life. “This scholarship is not only meaningful to me financially but also emotionally, as it has strengthened my belief in myself and in my goals for the future. This scholarship has opened a door for me to move forward to a new, and longed for chapter in my life,” she said.


Pope Francis greets members of a delegation from Villanova University in Pennsylvania during a private audience at the Vatican April 14. CNS photo/Vatican Media

Catholic universities must prepare students for dialogue, Pope says By Wyatt Noble Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY • Catholic universities are “called to be workshops of dialogue and encounter in the service of truth, justice and the defense of human dignity at every level,” Pope Francis told a delegation from Pennsylvania’s Villanova University. “It is my hope that in every aspect of its life and mission, Villanova University will persevere in its efforts to communicate the intellectual, spiritual and moral values that will enable young people to participate wisely and responsibly in the great debates shaping the future of society,” the Pope said. Administrators, top officials and members of the board of trustees from the Augustinian-run Villanova met the

Pope April 14 at the Vatican. At the end of the meeting, Jay Wright, head coach of the Villanova men’s basketball team, presented him with a ball signed by the team, which won the NCAA national championship two weeks earlier. While the Pope did not discuss basketball with his guests, he did offer words of encouragement and praise for the Catholic university, which he described as “an heir to the great Augustinian tradition.” Villanova was founded and is currently run by the Order of St. Augustine. Villanova has a role to play in “the development of a universal, ‘catholic’ vision of the unity of our human family and a commitment to the practical solidarity needed to combat the grave inequalities and injustice that mark today’s world,” the Pope said.

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Faithful co-eds seek campus ministries for fellowship, support Story by David Karas, Correspondent


hether it is a shared faith, a sense of fellowship and support, or a refuge from the challenges associated with coursework and potentially negative influences, young men and women attending colleges across the Diocese of Trenton turn to campus ministries to keep the faith during their collegiate pursuits. of campus ministry resonated with Beyer when a friend on the track team planted the idea. She has now been the ministry’s president for three years and enjoys participating in events with fellow Catholics on campus. “Seeing other young adults on fire Rider University’s Catholic campus ministry is led in prayer in summer 2015. Students who attend campus with their faith, espeministries in the Diocese of Trenton say the experience helps them grow in faith and face life challenges. File photo/ Rider University campus ministry cially those who are giving their life and time to serve the Lord in missions,” she University’s Catholic campus ministry welcoming. said, “really encouraged me to live my in Lawrenceville, is a senior majoring in “I would recommend for other faith.” global supply chain studies with a minor people my age to consider campus Students similar to Beyer say they in sustainability. The White Plains, New ministry,” he said, adding that some have integrated faith into their college York, native has been involved in the members of the Rider program “come experiences thanks to campus minisprogram since his freshman year and weekly because they enjoy the conversatries supported by clergy and lay leaders became president in early 2017. tion, friendships and they are growing from the Diocese of Trenton. “It helped me grow in my faith, and in their faith, too.” Michael Shea, president of Rider I learned more about myself from it,” he said, noting that being part of the faith “I would recommend community on campus has also provided support through various challenges in for other people his personal and family life – including having open-heart surgery at an early my age to consider age, being attacked by a dog as a child, working through his parents’ divorce campus ministry.” and witnessing several bad accidents. “I have seen stuff that the average person does not see or experience,” he Shannon Averill, vice president of said, noting one recent example of how Monmouth’s Catholic campus ministry he intervened in what could have been a and a senior studying nursing, has been fatal heroin overdose. involved since she was a freshman. Faith, Shea said, has provided Whether it has been through attending support and stability through those Masses, sharing meals or providing sermoments, and he points to campus vice to the community, the experience ministry as an opportunity to keep the has been fulfilling and supportive. faith and share in faith-based fellowship “It has given me a support system while young people are away at school. away from home and a strength I never Ramil Caragay of BREAK Ministry leads a Holy Hour in the space that serves as a chapel With men’s and women’s groups, a fully knew of until joining and becominside the Monmouth University Catholic Student Center, West Long Branch, during a 2017 ing involved in the Catholic campus visit by NET Ministries. Prayer and Adoration are among the many faith-sharing activities co-ed group and service opportunithat occur in campus ministries. Patrick Dolan photo ties, such programming is diverse and ministry,” she said. “College is not an easy time, and transitioning can be scary. Many people lose their faith and look for other ways to find happiness, but often become lost and are seeking for a place like the campus ministry.” hanks to a change included in $10,000 in savings annually from these and K-12 tuition, as the federal governShe credits the experience with the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act adaccounts if they choose for elementary ment now permits.   helping her find a sense of purpose and opted by Congress in December, and secondary school tuition, without Additional details on the 529 joy throughout her college years. parents can now save tax-free for their incurring federal of New Jersey state savings program and the recent “The center has a warm, homey feel, children’s public or private education taxes.   changes made, including a “frequently where students living on campus can get from kindergarten through college.  The New Jersey tax code does not asked questions” section, can be away from the hectic dorm life,” she said. Effective Jan. 1, parents, grandparallow annual contributions to 529 savfound on a new nonprofit website “The programs and events keep your eyes ents and other owners of 529 plans – a ings plans for each beneficiary to be  This website and heart open to the most important tax-advantaged savings plan designed deductible on state income taxes, but also provides information on the feathings in life and allows you to listen to to encourage saving for future coldoes allow for tax-free withdrawals for tures of 529 plans available specifically what God is calling you to be.” lege costs – can now withdraw up to qualified higher education expenses by state.  “College pulls you in so many different directions, and now more than ever, there are so many pressures on young adults to be more like the world,” said Emily Beyer, president of the Catholic campus ministry in Monmouth University, West Long Branch. “Campus ministry gave me strength to be strong in my faith and who I am while in the world.” Now a senior chemistry major, Beyer looks back to campus ministry as a “constant” in her college days and an important source of stability. “Being part of the campus ministry has challenged me in more ways than I could have imagined but has blessed me beyond measure,” said the member of St. Martha Parish, Point Pleasant. “It has had such an impact on my life that as I head to graduate school, I am looking to get involved in the campus ministry there as well.” ​Having been involved in faith-based groups throughout high school, the idea

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College Jump-start SJVHS seniors to graduate with associate degrees before high school commencement By Mary Morrell and EmmaLee Italia, Correspondents

Area bereavement minister being honored


f the more than 1,900 students graduating May 10 from Brookdale Community College, Lincroft, for the first time nine of them will be area Catholic high school seniors. Graduating with associate of arts degrees in social science through the college’s Early College High School partnerships, the students from St. John Vianney High School, Holmdel, have been working toward their college diplomas for the past four years. Other high school graduates earning associates degrees include 19 seniors from Neptune High School.

“I wanted to take classes at Brookdale to challenge myself academically and get a head start on my future.” “SJV was involved in a dual enrollment program with Brookdale from 2009,” explained Jane Cable, SJVHS assistant principal. “In 2013, Brookdale reached out to SJV because of the success of the program, and as an experiment, suggested a program for students to earn an associates degree through the college.” The inaugural Early College Academy program, as it is called at SJVHS, began with a select group of students – the top 10 percent of high school placement tests; standardized test scores were also taken into consideration. “Classes begin in freshman year, and are all done on SJV campus with Brookdale adjuncts,” Cable said, since students cannot drive and because of security reasons. “Any online work for Brookdale is done through the Blackboard system at SJV, so all material, work and interactions can be monitored by SJV.” When students reach senior year, they take classes four days a week at Brookdale, returning to SJVHS around 11:30 a.m. to pick up a theology class or elective. In addition to social sciences, an associate of science degree in computer science will be added next year, Cable confirmed. Clearly the experiment was successful. “All nine students were in-

Students celebrate graduating from St. John Vianney High School, Holmdel, in 2017. This year, nine St. John Vianney seniors will be tossing their caps in the air to celebrate not one graduation, but two, as they will have also earned associate degrees from Brookdale Community College, Lincroft. John Blaine photo

ducted into Phi Beta Kappa for two-year colleges,” Cable continued. “They will wear stoles at graduation with the PBK symbol. If they keep up their grades, they will be inducted into the PBK for four-year colleges. “Students are motivated, hard workers who are certainly not limited by the course load,” she continued. “A number of them are three-season athletes; most, if not all, have jobs and are active in their communities and parishes.” Program participants offered feedback on their experience as simultaneous high school and college students. Senior Lauren Repmann, parishioner of St. Mary, South Amboy, plans to attend Rowan University in the fall, majoring in biomedical engineering. She joined the ECA because she believed it would challenge her to become a better student. “After four years of intense coursework and responsibility, the program has exceeded these expectations,” Repmann said. “I have not only become a better student in the classroom, but I have also developed the essential skills of organization and time management, which will [be a] benefit throughout the rest of my life.” She acknowledged that balancing high school and college coursework was tedious and time-consuming, but that it did not dissuade student involvement in the high school community. Overall, Repmann highly recommends the ECA program to fellow students who are dedicated to what it requires: dedication, drive and motivation. “Even though it is rewarding, the program is certainly not a walk in the park,” she said. “To achieve success, students must be committed to their studies.” Senior Kelly Garcia, member of Our Lady of Victories Parish, Sayreville,

plans to attend Syracuse University, choosing communication sciences and disorders (speech pathology and audiology) as her major. “I wanted to take classes at Brookdale to challenge myself academically and get a head start on my future,” she said. “My family and I knew that the Early College Academy was an amazing opportunity that would pave the way for future success, and I could not pass up that opportunity.” Garcia credited her teachers and professors with helping her within the program. “The workload was a bit challenging at times, but my classmates and I developed great time management skills,” she continued. “Therefore, it was very possible and rewarding to complete all of the work we had to do.” She valued the ECA program as a cost- and time-saving exercise, particularly when transferring college credits. “Almost all of my credits are being accepted by Syracuse University, which makes it all worth it,” Garcia explained. “Besides this, I have really enjoyed my time in the Early College Academy program. I was challenged academically, and learned many skills beyond my studies.” The ECA experience for Theodora Ekeocha, parishioner of St. Mary Parish, Newark, was an eye-opening one. Planning to attend Rutgers University in the fall as a biology major on pre-med track, she said the most challenging part of the program was prioritizing time. “I figured it would be really great to experience what college work is like so that I would be more prepared, both academically and mentally, going into college,” Ekeocha said. “I would recommend it if you are interested in knowing what college work is like in advance, as well as for obtaining credits that could

Brookdale Community College will honor six outstanding local residents during the college’s 48th annual commencement ceremony – including Doris Hudak, who designed the bereavement program for funeral directors in in New Jersey, the first of its kind in the state, and the official manual for the Diocese of Trenton. At the time, she was honored by Bishop Emeritus John M. Smith for her service on the National Catholic Ministry to the Bereaved. Hudak came to Brookdale later in life, balancing parenthood while earning an associate degree in human services, which she received in 1983. Hudak returned to work for the college as a cooperative education coordinator, and later served for more than 20 years with the Brookdale Community College Alumni Association. potentially transfer into a four-year university, which could save money.” Sara Beitler, a member of St. Mary of the Lake Parish, Lakewood, will attend Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, where she will double major in psychology and biology. She, too, wanted to take Brookdale classes to challenge herself. “In my experience, taking college classes at Brookdale was just as challenging as upper-level classes at SJV,” Beitler attested. “It was challenging, but not unmanageable. I was able to get a complete high school experience by participating in clubs and sports, and still do well in all of my classes.” She encourages other highly-motivated high school students to take part in programs like the ECA. “The experience of attending classes at a college campus will definitely help ease the transition between high school and college,” Beitler said. “Along with that, if they want to attend a college instate, then the credits they earn as part of the program will allow them to have more space in their schedules to take more advanced classes.” The number of students enrolled in the Early College Academy program is growing. Next year, juniors in the program will number 35. In addition to high school tuition, parents pay one-third the rate of Brookdale tuition for the first three years of the ECA program, and full tuition for Brookdale in senior year. “Our students are not wasting the opportunity they’ve been given,” Cable said, “and they appreciate the sacrifice their parents have made.”


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Guidance counselors offer top tips for choosing the best college By Jennifer Britton Editorial Assistant


t’s an exciting, frightening and lifechanging time in a young person’s life – the moment when students begin to decide what college they will attend after high school. Area Catholic high school guidance counselors, however, have some advice in helping families along the way. Counselors interviewed agreed that location, cost, academic program, campus size/setting and activities/athletics are the major components every higher-education shopper should be weighing when deciding upon a college or university. Lisa A. Ford, director of student services in Trenton Catholic Academy, Hamilton, feels location should be among the top considerations on the education checklist. “In choosing a college, the student should first determine if he/she wants to live close to home, is willing to travel within a driving range or wants to venture out and study in a new territory,” she said. Cost of travel can play a big role, too, Ford said, suggesting that stu-

dents determine the cost of traveling to and from home, especially if celebrating holidays as home is important. With college often being the first major debt a young adult will incur, tuition costs are also an important factor. “This can set the precedence for not only the amount to be paid back, the period of time for the repayment, but also a strong determining factor of a student’s initial credit,” Ford said.  “Selecting a college is like buying a car – there are choices to be made and factors to be considered to find the best bang for your buck. It is a good idea to create a spreadsheet or another comparative chart [see for a shopping list spreadsheet] to evaluate the financial packages offered by each college, in comparison to loans, grants, interest rates, payment plans, etc.,” she said. William A. Vanore, director of guidance in Toms River’s Donovan Catholic High School, meanwhile, couldn’t emphasize enough the need to personally get a sense for a campus’ size and setting. “Visit, visit and visit,” he said. “Many schools may look great on paper

or on their website, but it is not until you visit that school do you get the feeling of fit. When you are physically on campus, you can gauge whether you can/will feel comfortable, safe and happy for the four or more years that you will spend there.” Academics is a key component for director of guidance Philip Masterson and school counselor Kelly King in Mater Dei Prep High School, Middletown. They advised to begin applications in August and start preparing essay/ supplements early. Athletics and student activities should also be taken into account, counselors said. In addition to possible sports scholarships, finding a college that meets a student’s interest in activities, clubs and sports can make for a lasting and positive college experience – one that includes growth, friendships and diversity during the college years and in the future. “It is important that a student adopts his or her chosen campus as a place of belonging or a place that feels like home,” Ford said. “The student should attend a college that offers activities and clubs that appeal to him or her with people who have like-minded

Top 5 things to consider when choosing a college u Academic Programs u Location u Cost u Campus Size u Student Activities/Athletics interests.” Vanore agreed, urging families to inquire what academic majors, activities or services are available. He said it’s important to consider the type of institution (public, private, Catholic, interdenominational, etc.) as well as programs such as performing arts, ROTC, study abroad and services for those with disabilities. Although researching higher education opportunities can become a stressful experience, anxiety can be minimized by seeking help from guidance counselors and teachers as well as fellow parents and students with shared experiences, those in the field agreed.

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Catholic colleges and universities in the Mid-Atlantic, Midwest Albertus Magnus College New Haven, CT

Website: Address: 700 Prospect St., New Haven, CT 06511 Contact Admissions: 800-578-9160

Alvernia University          Reading, PA

Website: Address: 400 Saint Bernardine St., Reading, PA 19607-1799 Contact Admissions:  610-796-8269

Cabrini College Radnor, PA

Affiliation: Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Website: Address: 610 King of Prussia Road, Radnor, PA 19087-3698 Contact Admissions: 610-902-8753

Caldwell University Caldwell, NJ

Affiliation: Sisters of St. Dominic of Caldwell Website: Address: 120 Bloomfield Ave., Caldwell, NJ 07006 Contact Admissions: 973-618-3500

Chestnut Hill College Philadelphia, PA

Affiliation: Sisters of St. Joseph Website: Address: 9601 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19118 Contact Admissions: 215-248-7000

College of Mount Saint Vincent Bronx, NY

Affiliation: Catholic Website: Address: 6301 Riverdale Ave., Riverdale, NY 10471 Contact Admissions: 718-405-3267

College of Notre Dame of Maryland Baltimore, MD

Website: Address: 4701 N. Charles St., Baltimore, MD 21210-2476 Contact Admissions: 410-435-0100

DeSales University Center Valley, PA

Affiliation: Salesian Website: Address: 2755 Station Ave., Center Valley, PA 18034 Contact Admissions: 610-282-1100

Dominican College Orangeburg, NY

Website: Address: 470 Western Hwy., Orangeburg, NY 10962 Contact Admissions: 866-432-4636

Canisius College

Duquesne University

Buffalo, NY

Pittsburgh, PA

Affiliation: Jesuit Website: Address: 2001 Main St., Buffalo, NY 14208 Contact Admissions: 716-888-2200 or 800-843-1517

Affiliation: Spiritan (Holy Spirit Fathers, formerly Holy Ghost Fathers) Website: Address: 600 Forbes Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15282 Contact Admissions: 412-396-6222

Carlow University Pittsburgh, PA

Website: Address: 3333 Fifth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA Contact Admissions: 800-333-2275

D’Youville College Buffalo, NY

Website: Address: 320 Porter Ave., Buffalo, NY 14201 Contact Admissions: 716-829-7600

Fairfield University Fairfield, CT

Website: Address: 1073 North Benson

Road, Fairfield, CT 06824 Contact Admissions: 203-254-4100

Gwynedd-Mercy University

Felician University

Affiliation: Catholic, Sisters of Mercy Website: Address: 1325 Sumneytown Pike, P.O. Box 901, Gwynedd Valley, PA 19437 Contact Admissions: 800-342-5462

Rutherford, NJ

Affiliation: Felician Sisters Website: Address: One Felician Way, Rutherford, NJ 07070 Contact Admissions: 201-355-1465

Fordham University Bronx, NY

Affiliation: Jesuit Website: Address: 441 East Fordham Road, Bronx, NY 10458 Contact Admissions:  718-817-4000

Franciscan University of Steubenville Steubenville, OH

Affiliation: Franciscan Friars Website: Address: 1235 University Blvd., Steubenville, OH 43952 Contact Admissions: 800-783-6220

Gannon University Erie, PA

Affiliation: Roman Catholic Website: Address: 109 University Square, Erie, PA 16541 Contact Admissions: 800-426-6668

Georgetown University

Washington, D.C. 20057 Affiliation: Jesuit Website: Address: 3700 O Sts., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20057 Admissions: 202-687-3600 or 202-687-0100

Georgian Court University Lakewood, NJ

Affiliation: Roman Catholic (Mercy Institution) Website: Address: 900 Lakewood Ave., Lakewood, NJ 08701 Contact Admissions: 732-987-2700

Gwynedd Valley, PA

Hilbert College Hamburg, NY

Website: Address: 5200 S. Park Ave., Hamburg, NY 14075-1597 Contact Admissions: 800-6498003 or 716-926-8780

Holy Apostles Cromwell, CT

Website: Address: 33 Prospect Hill Road, Cromwell, CT Contact Admissions: 860-632-3068

Holy Family University

Philadelphia, PA Affiliation: Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth Website: Address: 9801 Frankford Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19114 Contact Admissions: 215-637-3050

Immaculata University Immaculata, PA

Affiliation: Immaculate Heart of Mary Website: Address: 1145 King Road, P.O. Box 642, Immaculata, PA 19345 Contact Admissions: 610-647-4400

Iona College

New Rochelle, NY Affiliation: Congregation of Christian Brothers Website: Address: 715 North Ave., New Rochelle, NY 10801 Contact Admissions: 800-231-4662

King’s College Wilkes-Barre, PA

Affiliation: Congregation of Holy Cross Website: Address: 133 North River St., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18711 Contact Admissions: 1-888-kingsPA (888-5464772) or 570-208-5858

La Roche College Pittsburgh, PA

Affiliation: Sisters of Divine Providence Website: Address: 9000 Babcock Blvd., Pittsburgh, PA 15237 Contact Admissions: 800-838-4572 or 412-536-1272

La Salle University Philadelphia, PA

Affiliation: de La Salle Christian Brothers Website: Address: 1900 West Olney Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19141 Contact Admissions:  215-951-1500

Le Moyne College Syracuse, NY

Affiliation: Jesuit Website: Address: 1419 Salt Springs Road, Syracuse, NY 13214 Contact Admissions: 800-333-4733 or 315-445-4300

Loyola University Maryland Baltimore, MD

Website: Address: 4501 N. Charles St., Baltimore, MD 21210-2699 Contact Admissions: 410-617-5012

Manhattan College Riverdale, NY

Website: Address: 4513 Manhattan College Pkwy., Riverdale, NY 10471-4098 Contact Admissions: 718-862-8000

Manor College Jenkintown, PA

Affiliation: Byzantine Ukranian Sisters of St. Basil the Great Website: Address: 700 Fox Chase Road, Jenkintown, PA 19046 Contact Admissions: 215-884-2216

Marist College Poughkeepsie, NY

Affiliation: Marist Brothers Website: Address: 3399 North Road., Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 Contact Admissions: 845-575-3226 Listing continued on C 7


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Marywood University Scranton, PA

Affiliation: Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Website: Address: 2300 Adams Ave., Scranton, PA 18509 Admissions: http://www. important-contact Contact Admissions: 570-348-6234

Mercyhurst University Erie, PA

Affiliation: Sisters of Mercy Website: Address: 501 E 38th St., Erie, PA 16546 Contact Admissions: 814-824-2202

Dallas, PA 18612-1098 Contact Admissions: 570-675-4449

Mount Saint Mary College

Molloy College

Affiliation: Dominican Sisters Website: Address: 330 Powell Ave., Newburgh, NY 12550 Contact Admissions: 888-937-6762

Rockville Centre, NY Website: Address: 1000 Helpstead Ave., PO Box 5002, Rockville Centre, NY 11571 Contact Admissions: 516-323-4000

Mount Aloysius Cresson, PA

Affiliation: Religious Sisters of Mercy Website: Address: 7373 Admiral Peary Hwy., Cresson, PA 16630 Contact Admissions: 888-823-2220

Misericordia University Dallas, PA

Affiliation: Sisters of Mercy Website: Address: 301 Lake St.,

Providence College Providence, RI

Newburgh, NY

Website: Address: 1 Cunningham Square, Providence, RI 02918 Contact Admissions: 401-865-2535

Rosemont College Bryn Mawr, PA

Mount St. Mary’s University

Niagara University

Affiliation: Roman Catholic Website: Address: 16300 Old Emmitsburg Road, Emmitsburg, MD 21727 Contact Admissions: 800-448-4347

Affiliation: Roman Catholic/ Vincentian Website: Address: Niagara University, 5795 Lewiston Road, NY 14109 Contact Admissions: 800-4622111 or 716-286-8700 

Niagara University, NY

Emmitsburg, MD

Neumann University Aston, PA

Affiliation: Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia Website: Address: One Neumann Drive, Aston, PA 19014 Contact Admissions: 610-558-5616

Affiliation: Society of the Holy Child Jesus Website: Address: 1400 Montgomery Ave., Bryn Mawr, PA 19010 Contact Admissions: 610-527-0200

Notre Dame of Maryland University Baltimore, MD

Website: Address: 4701 N. Charles St., Baltimore, MD 21210 Contact Admissions: 410-532-5330

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Rosemont partners with Drexel on 4+1 Biology and Nursing Double Degree program


osemont College, Rosemont, Pa., has partnered with Drexel University, Philadelphia, on a new 4+1 Biology and Nursing Double Degree program. Started this spring, the program allows students to earn a bachelor of arts degree in biology at Rosemont College before entering the Drexel University College of Nursing and Health Professions’ Accelerated Career Entry (ACE) program to complete their bachelor of science in nursing degree. Rosemont is the only college in Pennsylvania partnered with Drexel University School of Nursing and Health Professions and offering this opportunity for students to earn two degrees in five years. “We are excited to be partnering with Drexel University’s highly-acclaimed College of Nursing and Health Professions,” said Dr. Sharon Latchaw Hirsh, president of Rosemont College. “This new 4+1 program places Rosemont in a position of continued growth and demonstrated academic leadership within

our geographic region.” The addition of the 4+1 program creates another avenue for biology students who wish to further their education and career beyond graduation, building on the success of Rosemont’s existing partnerships with the Temple University Maurice H. Kornberg School of Dentistry and Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. “Drexel’s ACE students are sought after by the region’s best healthcare systems because of our reputation for developing knowledgeable, compassionate and leadership-driven nurses,” said Dr. Donna Ruelens-Trinkaus, department chair, Drexel University College of Nursing and Health Professions. Drexel’s ACE program prepares a student for a position as a registered nurse in several types of settings. The program boasts a National Council Licensure Exam pass rate of 97-100 percent, along with expansive clinical affiliations, reputable faculty, and an in-

Students hone their nursing skills in the Drexel University College of Nursing and Health Professions’ Accelerated Career Entry program. Courtesy photo

novative curriculum. ACE affords students the opportunity to complete their degree and fast-track their nursing career in four consecutive 10-week terms. According to Dr. Aikaterini Skokotas, associate professor and biology department chairperson at Rosemont College, a degree in biology will provide a firm foundation for any student seeking a career in the healthcare industry. “Although Drexel’s accelerated nursing program is rigorous and intellectual-

Catholic colleges around the region Listing continued from C 7

Sacred Heart University Fairfield, CT

Website: Address: 5151 Park Ave., Fairfield, CT 06825 Contact Admission: 203-6109502

Saint Francis University Loretto, PA

Affiliation: Franciscan Website: Address: P.O. Box 600, 117 Evergreen Drive, Loretto, PA 15940 Contact Admissions: 866-3425738

Saint Joseph University Philadelphia, PA

Affiliation: Society of Jesus (Jesuit) Website: Address: 5600 City Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19131 Contact Admissions: 610-6601000

St. Mary’s Seminary & University Baltimore, MD

Affiliation: Sulpician Fathers Website: Address: 5400 Roland Ave., Baltimore, MD 21210-1994 Contact Admissions: 410-8643602

Saint Peter’s University Jersey City, NJ

Affiliation: Jesuit Website: Address: 2641 Kennedy Blvd., Jersey City, NJ 07306 Contact Admissions: 888-7729933

Saint Vincent College Latrobe, PA

Affiliation: Benedictine Tradition Website: Address: 300 Fraser Purchase Road, Latrobe, PA 15650 Contact Admissions: 800-7825549, ext. 2500

Seton Hall University South Orange, NJ

Affiliation: Roman Catholic Website: Address: 400 S. Orange Ave., South Orange, NJ 070792697 Contact Admissions: 973-2752323 or 800-843-4255

Seton Hill University Greensburg, PA

Affiliation: Sisters of Charity of St. Elizabeth Website: Address: Seton Hill Drive, Greensburg, PA 15601 Contact Admissions: 800-8266234 or 724-838-4281

Siena College Loudonville, NY

Affiliation: Franciscan Website: Address: 515 Loudon Road, Loudonville, NY 12211 Contact Admissions: 518-7832423

St. Bonaventure University St. Bonaventure, NY

Affiliation: Franciscan Website: Address: 3261 West State Road, St. Bonaventure, NY 14778 Contact Admissions: 716-3752400 or 800-462-5050

St. Elizabeth College of Nursing Utica, NY

Website: Address: 2215 Genesee St., Utica, NY 13501 Contact Admissions: 315-8018253

ly challenging, Rosemont students will adapt well to the curriculum because they’ll already have research experience as well as a thorough understanding of cell biology, chemistry, anatomy and physiology,” she said. For more information, visit Rosemont. edu.

island Address: 300 Howard Ave., Staten Island, NY 10301 Contact Admissions: 718-3904500

Website: Address: 29 Castle Place, New Rochelle, NY 10805 Contact Admissions: 914-6545452

St. Thomas Aquinas College

The College of Saint Rose

Affiliation: Dominican Sisters of Sparkill Website: Address: 125 Route 340, Sparkill, NY 10976 Contact Admissions: 845-3984100 or 845-398-4104

Albany, NY Affiliation: Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet Website: Address: 432 Western Ave., Albany, NY 12203 Contact Admissions: 518-4545150

The Catholic University of America

The University of Scranton

Sparkill, NY

Washington, D.C. Affiliation: Sponsored by U.S. Bishops Website: Address:  620 Michigan Ave. NE, Washington, D.C. 20064 Contact Admissions: 202-3195305 or 800-673-2772

Washington, D.C.

Affiliation: Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur Website: Address: 125 Michigan Avenue NE, Washington, D.C. 20017 Contact Admissions: 202-8849400 or 800-492-6882

Rochester, NY

Affiliation: Basilian Fathers Website: Address: 3690 East Ave., Rochester, NY 14618 Contact Admissions: 585-3858064

Staten Island, NY

Affiliation: Vincentian Website:

Affiliation: Jesuit Website: Address: 800 Linden St., Scranton, PA 18510 Contact Admissions: 570-9417540

Trinity Washington University

St. John Fisher College

St. John’s University

Scranton, PA

Villanova University Villanova, PA

The College of New Rochelle New Rochelle, NY Affiliation: Ursuline Sisters

Affiliation: Augustinian Website: Address: 800 Lancaster Ave., Villanova, PA 19085-1699 Contact Admissions: 610-5194000


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College Applications: the gift of perspective


t’s the time of year when high school seniors run to their respective mail boxes (or more likely, email inboxes!) after school each day to see if the longawaited “fat envelope” from their dream college has arrived. Some refer to this as a time of stress, but in my experience, many seniors approach this time with a great sense of excitement. With each new letter or email delivery comes something that could potentially determine the course of the rest of one’s life. A rejection letter closes a door. A hope that had been entertained must be let go. An acceptance letter opens the door to possibilities only previously dreamed of. For every closed door, there are some that open. Now, the senior can focus on their remaining options more seriously. In our house, we are going through this senior waiting period for the third time. Our third child, our son Joe, announces the news each day, “I got in!” or “I didn’t get in,” or “No mail for me today.” As I observe him and his friends going through this experience, I look for any indication that they see “rejection letters” as failures on their part

or a judgment of their overall worth and value as human beings. When I can, I try to put in a word for that not being the case. I try to point out that with every “non-admit” letter they receive, it is God’s way of saying that He has other plans in store for them. Still, those letters can be hard to take. With each letter coming in with an offer of admission, I see the kids soaring 10 feet in the air. These letters seem to mean so much more than “you are admitted to our school.” They seem to carry an affirmative judgment much weightier than merely “admission to a school.” They seem to communicate to the recipient, “You are great!” and “You made the cut!” or “Your hard work in high school has paid off, and we LOVE you!” Teenagers tend to give college admissions offices and other things in their lives a disproportionate degree of “power” over their lives, their happiness and their sense of self-worth. A guy breaks up with a girl, and she questions if she is loveable at all. A guy does not make an athletic team, and he sees himself as a loser. A group of friends decides

to ostracize someone from their group, and he or she feels totally rejected by the whole world. Wouldn’t it be marvelous, if as parents, we could help to put all of these normal experiences that are a part of every teenager’s life journey into perspective? Imagine if we could help them to see that not getting into one particular college means just that – not getting in to one particular college. Nothing more, nothing less. It is not a general assessment of one’s intelligence, goodness or value as a person. Imagine if we could help our sons and daughters recognize that “getting in to a college” is merely that – getting in to a college. Nothing more, nothing less. I think if we adults look back over our lives, we can see the good reasons why everything happened as it did, and maybe this is the sense of perspective that we can offer our children at this uncertain time in their lives. My husband and I often look at our “chance” meeting while we were undergraduates at Georgetown University. My husband, Tim, went to Georgetown because, to his disappointment, he did

not get in to Princeton. I went to Georgetown because the July before I was to start college, I got in off of the waiting list. It was Tim’s second choice, and it was my “reach.” For Tim, God revealed His plan by way of a disappointing “nonadmit” letter from his “dream” school. For me, God’s plan unfolded by way of a very long and agonizing summer, until I finally received the exhilarating news that I had gotten in. The fact remains that we both ended up at the same place, and only in hindsight can we see that it was truly God’s divine plan. Not to mention that it was also God’s plan for the five children who came into this world because of our having met at college. So in this season of senior angst, if we can share this faith perspective with our children who are high school seniors, we will do them a great service. We can help them to see that what may seem like a terrible disappointment today may actually be the greatest gift that God ever gave them when viewed from a place down the road. And what can seem impossible today, can and will happen, if it is meant to. If we can help our children to truly trust God with their lives, and their important choices, and their futures, what a priceless gift we will have given them. This column originally appeared in The Monitor in 2004 under the column title “Faith in the Family.” The author suggested republishing it, as the feelings associated with the college application process remains the same.



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Puerto Rican students pursue dreams at Catholic University By Kelly Sankowski Catholic News Service WASHINGTON • Puerto Rican students who are studying at The Catholic University of America in Washington for the spring semester said the opportunity not only gives them a reprieve from the damage caused by Hurricane Maria, but allows them to pursue their dreams. Many students found themselves with nowhere to study after Maria – the most powerful hurricane to hit Puerto Rico in nearly 90 years –slammed into the island in September, killing dozens and decimating local infrastructure. More than six months later, thousands of Puerto Rico’s 3.3 million residents remain without power. The Catholic University of America in Washington said in November that it would take up to 40 students who were enrolled in colleges or universities in Puerto Rico as visiting students for the spring 2018 semester, and would waive their tuition and standard student fees. The main goal is to allow the students to stay on the path to graduation, because “if they lost an entire academic year, it can be really hard to get back into the academic groove,” said Chris Lydon, vice president for enrollment management and marketing at The Catholic University of America.

A Dire Situation Among the seven students who have taken up the offer is Desiree Cordero Rios, who had just begun her freshman year at the University of Puerto Rico at Aguadilla, in the city of Aguadilla, when the storm hit. She was with her family at their home in the countryside, where her father works as a farmer. The family had put up barriers inside their home and took turns peeking through a small opening at a window to see what was happening to their neighborhood. Water was flooding into the house. “It was desperate,” Cordero Rios told the Catholic Standard, newspaper of the Washington Archdiocese. She said she remembers waking at 6 the morning after the storm and trying to call her boyfriend, only to find that there was no phone signal. The vegetables and plantains on her father’s farm were ruined, and many of the chickens and rabbits had died. “We were shocked,” she said, noting that “we knew it was going to be hard, but not that hard.” When Cordero Rios went outside for the first time after the storm, there were no trees, and she could see houses that she had not seen before. There was no electricity or running water, but her

The family, including aunts, uncles and cousins, would gather together every night in each other’s homes in the neighborhood. It was unclear if and when the university would reopen, and Cordero Rios said she began to think, “What about my future if they don’t open?” When telecommunications resumed, she called an aunt who lives in Maryland and went to stay with her. She had thought about someday moving to the U.S. mainland, and the hurricane pushed her to make that dream a reality, she said.

Pursuing Dreams

Desiree Cordero Rios, who had just begun her freshman year at a university in Puerto Rico when Hurricane Maria struck, is now a student in The Catholic University of America in Washington. CNS photo/Jaclyn Lippelmann, The Catholic Standard

father had stored water, and there was a generator that they were able to use. Gas for generators was in such high demand that Cordero Rios and her family woke at 4 a.m. every day to be at the gas station by 5 a.m. They would wait in line for eight hours to buy the $30 worth of gas that they were allowed.

Cordero Rios is living in a residence hall on the campus of The Catholic University of America, where she is studying marketing. She loves looking at the paintings in the domes when she goes to Mass in the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, she said. Cordero Rios aims to transfer to The Catholic University of America for the rest of her college career. “The education here is awesome,” she said, noting that living in Washington is making her more independent and improving her grasp of the English language. She hopes to start her own digital marketing company after graduation. See CUA • C12


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Health sciences, health professions among new offerings at GCU


egrees in health sciences and health profession studies are among the newest offerings available to undergraduate students this fall at Georgian Court University. The new bachelor of science in health sciences and a bachelor of arts in health profession studies will launch at the university’s Lakewood campus in September. They will expand to the university’s GCU@Hazlet location in early 2019. “The demand for health care education is undeniable,” said GCU President Joseph R. Marbach, noting the significant growth the university continues to see in existing majors like nursing and exercise science, wellness and sports. “Nationally, health-related jobs are growing faster than all other sectors, and part of our job, as a university, is to make sure employers have the talent they need, whether that is in hospitals, pharmacies and laboratories, or in community clinics and corporate wellness centers.” There are distinct differences between the two degrees, but each mirrors GCU’s goal of launching new programs directly related to market demand. For example, the bachelor of

science in health sciences prepares students for further study and professional training. Graduates may ultimately work in fields like medical imaging, clinical laboratory science, genetic counseling, physical therapy, occupational therapy, medicine, dentistry, optometry and podiatry. “This is an excellent option for those science-savvy students who want to be pre-med, pre-physical therapy, or

pre-physician assistant,” said Justin G. Roy, vice president for enrollment at GCU. The new health profession studies program, meanwhile, is perfect for students who like multiple aspects of health care. “The B.A. in health profession studies is flexible and offers broad options for pursuing jobs such as patient care assistant, patient care coordina-

CUA offers support

In his senior year of high school, Agosto and others in his drama class entered a movie into a competition where it was voted “gem of the festival” and won other awards. That award-winning night “cemented in my mind that I was capable of doing anything,” he said. To pursue his dream, Agosto wants to keep studying at The Catholic University of America, and he said he could see himself graduating from the school. The university’s Spanish Club invited him and other Puerto Rican students to a meeting, which gave him a taste of the culture from back home. “Puerto Rico is home, it will always be home,” Agosto said. Kelly Sankowski is on the staff of the Catholic Standard, newspaper of the Archdiocese of Washington.

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Like Cordero Rios, Gabriel Agosto also was starting his freshman year at the University of Puerto Rico when Hurricane Maria hit the island. He was at the university’s campus in Bayamon municipality. His mother was working as a hotel wedding coordinator and after the storm she was transferred to Washington, where Agosto was accepted to attend The Catholic University of America for the spring semester. This is a particularly exciting opportunity for Agosto, because it allows him to study what he is really interested in – drama. He was studying marketing in Puerto Rico, because there aren’t many drama programs there, but his dream is to become an actor.

tor, hospital or medical office manager, patient advocate, patient navigator and many other roles,” Roy explained. “Georgian Court is meeting students and the employer market for well-prepared talent, where they are.” Prospective students interested in either program can currently apply for Fall 2018 or Spring 2019 admission. For information, visit georgian. edu/apply or call 732-987-2700.

Gabriel Agosto, a native of Puerto Rico, attends The Catholic University of America in Washington. The university announced in November that it would take up to 40 students who were enrolled in colleges or universities in Puerto Rico as visiting students for the spring 2018 semester and would waive their tuition and standard student fees. CNS photo/Jaclyn Lippelmann, The Catholic Standard


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