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February 05, 2024

CSW24: You Are Loved

The Holy Angels community marked Catholic Schools Week (January 28-February 3, 2024) with the AHA Middle School Open House, breakfasts for students in Grades 6-12 and their parents, a festive Liturgy, recognition of staff milestones, a fundraiser for the people of Haiti, and a National Honor Society assembly.


Bishop Michael Saporito celebrated the January 31 Mass, which was organized by AHA Campus Ministers Maryanne Miloscia and Nick Fallivene.


Bishop Saporito’s insightful homily highlighted the importance of bringing hope, light, and selfless service to others, even strangers. He shared a touching story about a recently widowed woman with two young boys who received gifts from unknown senders throughout the 12 days of Christmas.


“In those dark days of intense grief,” Saporito said, “Someone shone the message, ‘You are seen. You are loved.’”

Bishop Saporito celebrates AHA’s Catholic Schools Week Liturgy.


He described Jesus as the mysterious light who brings generous, selfless love that is both divine and human. Saporito further underscored the necessity of integrating faith into daily life to remind others that they are also seen and loved.

Referring to AHA’s 2023-24 theme — “Forming a faith community with love and mutual respect” – Saporito said realizing that goal depends on those within the community. He noted the importance of acting intentionally.


Saporito drew a parallel between Saint John Bosco, whose feast day was January 31, and Blessed Mother Theresa Gerhardinger, foundress of the School Sisters of Notre Dame, who established and sponsor Holy Angels. Saporito noted how Saint John and Mother Theresa exhibited a deep faith that motivated them to teach others. Selfless giving and love, Saporito said, are “how the light of Christ will shine within and outside the walls of this school.”


Toward the end of Mass, President Melinda Hanlon and Principal Jean Miller recognized Academy faculty and staff members who have reached career milestones. Honorees include Dr. Gretchen Hannoush and Krystal Reilly, 5 years; James Dykes and Jenny Sweet, 10 years; Jennifer Lee, Jing Loo, and Pamela Ruschak, 15 years; Jennifer Cucchisi and Tara Nordsvan, 20 years; Principal Miller, 25 years; and Sheila Wroblewski, 35 years. Those honored for over 25 years of service to the Academy were Jovanka DePalma, Gail Fair, and Eileen Musich, 26 years; Joan Finn Connelly, 27 years; Patrick Dunne, 36 years; and Susan Liddy, 49 years.

Several work anniversaries were celebrated during Catholic Schools Week.


Those present prayed the Blessing of Mother Theresa Gerhardinger.


Bishop Saporito, visibly moved by this part of the celebration, recalled his own sister, who had been a dedicated teacher before her passing. He told the Angels how much care the best educators have for their students.


Founded by the School Sisters of Notre Dame in 1879, the Academy of the Holy Angels is the oldest private girls’ school in Bergen County. While AHA is steeped in Catholic tradition, this prestigious school serves young women from a many backgrounds. Learn more about AHA and schedule a tour by visiting today.