As you gather with family and friends this Thanksgiving, or if you’re unable to celebrate with your loved ones, Neumann Goretti offers you this special prayer of Thanksgiving gratitude from Reverend Maurice C. Avicolli, O. Praem., a Norbertine priest and a 1957 alumnus of Bishop Neumann High School, one of the legacy schools that became Neumann Goretti:


“In gratitude to Almighty God, with Praise and deep Faith, the Community of Ss. John Neumann and Maria Goretti High School celebrates its many years of service to the Church of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, its youth especially.

   You, O Heavenly Father, have blessed us since 1934 with dedicated lay and religious staff members: teachers, coaches, administrative, and maintenance persons whose competence and confidence have enriched both Catholic and non-Catholic youth. We give you thanks for their service and ask You to bless them, living and deceased, students and staff. We entrust to You, O Father in Heaven, the present school community of Neumann Goretti, that all members make progress in faith, hope and love, that they commit themselves to You and to Your Will for humankind.

     May current efforts to educate boys and girls of Philadelphia bear good and lasting virtue among the graduates of Neumann Goretti: citizens who are zealous about, and dedicated to, goals of peace on earth and good will toward all. May all who pass through those hallowed corridors and classrooms of Neumann Goretti become Saints, persons who love God and image that love daily by sincere love for God’s creation, humankind in particular. Give the students and staff of Neumann Goretti your gift of Fortitude, which supported and guided the school’s founding fathers.

       We ask this through Your Son, Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, Who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, God, forever and ever. Amen! “

Rev. Maurice C. Avicolli, O. Praem., Bishop Neumann High School, Class of 1957

Our hope is that this prayer will bring you closer with those you love, whether they’re in person with you or staying in touch from a safe and healthy distance. Please share this prayer with anyone you know who can use these words from Father Avicolli, inspired by God, to have a peaceful and rewarding Thanksgiving Day.

With warmest regards for a Happy Thanksgiving, I remain,

Duke Doblick, CFRE
Director of Institutional Advancement


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