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Making A Difference

​PACT teachers share in their knowledge, creativity, energy and faith and work to revitalize Catholic schools in New England. This section highlights just a few of the contributions that PACT teachers make to their schools and communities.

Bishop Feehan High School

Attleboro, MA

PACT has a longstanding partnership with Bishop Feehan, a regional high school in the Fall River Diocese that has about 1,000 students. Currently, there are five PACT members at Feehan who teach in the Science, English, Social Studies and Theology Departments. The Theology teacher also serves as Campus Minister. These five current PACT teachers join the eleven PACT alumni that teach full time at Feehan. PACT1.jpg

Left- 16 current and former PACT teachers at Bishop Feehan.


Bellesini Academy and Notre Dame Cristo Rey High School

Lawrence, MA


PACT works with two schools in Lawrence which are dedicated to serving students of limited means. Bellesini Academy is an all-boys, Nativity middle school that believes "the cycle of poverty can be broken through education." PACT members teach ELA, religion and science at Bellesini.

Right- A lesson on pedigree and genetics at Bellesini

Notre Dame is part of the national Cristo Rey network. The school was founded in 2004 by the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur. The two PACT teachers at NDCR are in the Social Studies and Theology Departments. Ms. Peg Downing, principal of Notre Dame Cristo Rey, described how "PACT teachers are a gift to the school and to the students. Their energy and willingness to learn are just two of the qualities that they exemplify. The spirit that they bring to every event is life-giving to the rest of us".



Left- Teaching freshmen about the Tower of Babel in Theology class at Notre Dame Cristo Rey.


PACT Alumni Continue to Serve


In June, 2014, the 21 members of PACT cohort 12 graduated with a master's degree from Providence College. At this point
- 8 will continue to serve as teachers in their current school placement
- 5 will work in Catholic schools in places such as Las Vegas, Seattle, Missouri, Virginia and suburban Boston.
- 1 will teach English in Chile as part of the ChACE program with the University of Notre Dame
- 1 will teach in a community charter school in Lowell, MA

PACT 11 Graduates 

- 13 of 18 teachers have continued to teach at the PACT placement school for the 2013-14 school year.
- 2 are teaching in Catholic schools in Ohio
- 1 is teaching in an all-boys Catholic school outside of Boston.
- 1 began a MA/Ph.D. program in English Literature at the University of Pittsburgh
- 1 joined the novitiate of the St. Joseph Province of the Dominican order
There are now over 200 PACT graduates in the program's history.  

PACT Member Profile

J. Patrick Koopman, PACT 12

Theology Teacher- Lowell Catholic High School Lowell, MA




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