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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.

The Numbers are in: PACT Teacher​s Instruct over 3,000 Students in New England Catholic Schools

In the 2015-16 school year, PACT students teach 3,311 students across 19 schools in 5 arch/dioceses. The numbers by arch/diocese are: Boston (3 schools)- 454 students; Fall River (7 schools)- 1279; Manchester (1 school)- 100; Providence (4 schools)- 933; Worcester (2 schools) 337; Springfield (2 schools) 208. 

In addition to classroom teaching, 93% of PACT students participate in at least one extra-curricular activity, including coaching, moderating clubs, campus ministry activities, drama productions and many more. The generosity and commitment of PACT teachers to their schools and communities allows Catholic schools to provide a holistic and integrated education for their students. 

Interview with Sarah Gallaghe​​​​r (PACT 2)

Sarah Gallagher agreed to chat with us about the beginning of the PACT Program and how its evolved today! 

Gallagher Article 

Enriching Catholic Sc​hools across New England: PACT Students in New Schools

In the 2015-16 school year, PACT students will be teaching in four schools new to the program. They are Bishop Guertin High School in Nashua, NH, Bayview Academy in Providence, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel School in Bristol, RI and St. Francis Xavier School in Achusnet, MA. PACT now partners with 19 different Catholic K-12 schools across 6 dioceses in 3 states.   

Bishop Feehan High School ​​​Attleboro, MA

PACT has a longstanding relationship with Bishop Feehan High School, a regional high school in the Fall River Diocese that has around 1,000 students. Currently, there are two PACT 15 members who teach in the Social Studies, Music, and Theology Departments. Two of the three graduating PACT 14 students have opted to stay at Bishop Feehan for the coming 2016-17 school year. This means that there are 20 PACT graduates who will be on the Bishop Feehan faculty in the coming year.


Left: PACT alumni who continued to teach at Bishop Feehan

PACT Member Profile

J. Patrick Koopman, PACT 12

Theology Teacher- Lowell Catholic High School Lowell, MA​