Commissioning Mass and the Start of Teaching
The PACT community came together for a commissioning mass on July 25th, celebrated by Fr. Gabriel Pivarnik, O.P.. After some August down time, PACT 13 and 14 teachers are in the their classrooms for the 2014-15 school year. Currently, PACT serves 17 schools in 5 dioceses in New England. Of special note is St. Peter-Marian High School, which now has one PACT teacher.
The members of PACT 14 arrived on the Providence College campus on Wednesday, June 4th to begin their two-year PACT experience. During their first week, the new PACT members participated in a welcome cookout, an orientation retreat and they took part in the PACT 12 graduation celebration.
Colleen Bode (PACT 13) Works to Create a Student Museum for Black History Month
Colleen Bode, a 4th Grade teacher at Immaculate Conception Regional School in Warwick, RI was part of a team of teachers whose students created an interactive "museum" in celebration of Black History Month. Read the article from the Cranston Herald for more details. .
Entire PACT Community Gathers for Winter Retreat
During the weekend of January 24-25, 2014, all current members of the PACT program met at the O'Connor Retreat House outside of Boston. The retreat was led by Keith Mackeiwicz, SJ, who is a graduate of the PACT program (PACT 4, Cathedral High School, Springfield, MA).
The theme of the retreat was based on a quote from St. Augustine: "Be what you see and receive what you are: the Body of Christ". It was a wonderful opportunity to share in faith and fellowship.
Pictured at Left: The Lawrence Community During the PACT Winter Retreat
Director Br. Patrick Carey Describes the UCCE Programs in Most Recent NCEA Notes
Br. Patrick Carey discussed the PACT program and other UCCE programs in NCEA's November 2013 publication. In the article, Br. Patrick describes the dimensions of the UCCE programs. For the text of the article, follow this link: Br. Carey NCEA Article 2013.pdf
Dr. Zavagnin Publishes Article in America Magazine
PACT Assistant Director Anthony Zavagnin published an article about teaching controversial issues in Catholic schools through the prism of Catholic social teachings.The article was published in the November 25, 2013 issue of America magazine and can be found by clicking here