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DAILY DECADE
ROSARY CAMPAIGN
DESIGN FOR
EXCELLENCE
ACCREDITATION VISIT
Finally, after a delay of several months due to COVID, Aquinas
hosted the Design for Excellence (DFE) accreditation team virtually
and on site. It was a very successful visit! A big thank you to
the faculty and staff for their hard work and to the families who
supported the noon dismissals last year and participated in the
visit. It was an honor that our superintendent, Dr. Joseph Vorbach,
attended the closing presentation. He explained that he attended
because the formulation of the Aquinas Constitution over the past
year made it clear that, as a regional school, Aquinas is overseen
by the diocese in the way that a parish school is overseen by a
pastor. The visiting team raised several of the school's self-ratings
and recommended the school for full accreditation by the Virginia
Catholic Education Association (VCEA), which is accredited by the
Virginia Council for Private Education (VCPE). We were especially
proud for these visitors to observe the heroic service of our
teachers at this time.
In this very unusual year, Aquinas
reached out to our greater community
and invited them to support the school
through prayer. The Daily Decade
Rosary Campaign had a goal of
recruiting 1,000 individuals to pray one
decade of the Rosary (Our Father, ten
Hail Marys, and one Glory Be) each day
until Christmas for the wisdom, peace,
health, and protection of everyone
in the Aquinas Community. Sister Mary
Sheila shared, " The children are so happy to be together and want
to stay in school! We know that prayer is our greatest resource,
so we are asking special prayers at this time. " She encouraged
everyone to participate and to recruit their friends and family. To
show gratitude and help students track the progress toward the
goal, all those who pledged their support had their names listed
in silver on a large display that was hung in the school entrance.
Our three parishes supported this effort through bulletin and
pulpit announcements and each of the three pastors pledged to
participate. As the students passed the display each day, they
were encouraged by the visual reminder of those praying for a
successful and safe school year. The final number of pledges
was an impressive 1,020 names! Thank you to all those who
supported this campaign.
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