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It’s #TeacherTuesday, where each week we spotlight a member of our outstanding faculty and staff! Today’s spotlight shines on Ms. Pizzuti, the guidance counselor for our freshmen and sophomores. ⠀ ⠀ In addition to being a graduate of Goretti, Ms. Pizzuti is the most tenure member of our guidance team. Ms. Pizzuti’s contributions to SNG reach far beyond the guidance office. In addition to crafting our #WellnessWednesday content, she has a creative flair that keeps our hallways welcoming and engaging with her bulletin board designs. ⠀ ⠀ 💬 We asked Ms. Pizzuti “What is your favorite pastime?” ⠀ ⠀ 👩‍🏫 She told us “I love hiking. Walking through nature and breathing fresh air helps me to relax and feel happy. It also gives me a little sense of adventure. Walking through a forest with a friend or hiking to a peak to see something you never saw before is pretty awesome.” ⠀ ⠀ 💬 We also asked Ms. Pizzuti “What is the best advice you have ever received?” ⠀ ⠀ 👩‍🏫 She responded: “I have received a lot of great advice over the years but this is one of my favorites (it’s actually a quote by C.S. Lewis). “You can’t go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending.” It kind of gives me hope that things can always get better. You don’t have any control over what has happened in the past, but you can start making changes in your life now to make it better.”

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Happy Monday Saints! To start our week off right, our Campus Minister, Father James Dalton, will share a story of a Saint, along with a reflection to help us consider how we can learn from their example. ⠀ ⠀ Who was the first American to be canonized a saint? You would somewhat be correct to answer St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, who was born in New York City, however, you would only be partially right. The correct answer is Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini (1850-1917), who became a naturalized American in 1909. Pope Pius XII canonized her in 1946. ⠀ ⠀ Frances was an Italian-born founder of the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart. She became famous as the saint of the immigrants during nearly three decades of service in the US. ⠀ ⠀ Frances arrived in New York City with six other missionary sisters in March of 1889. The Most Reverend Michael Corrigan, the Archbishop of New York, was doubtful that this newly arrived woman could overcome all the problems involved. ⠀ ⠀ In time, she won over the Archbishop. For the next 28 years Mother Cabrini traveled throughout America, founding schools, hospitals, and orphanages. Her approach was simple. She and her MSC Sisters organized catechism and education classes for the Italian immigrants and provided for the needs of many orphans. Before she died, she founded 67 missionary institutions to serve the sick and poor (long before government agencies provided extensive social services.) ⠀ ⠀ In Philadelphia, she founded St. Donato School (405 N 65th St). Today, it is known as St. Frances Cabrini Regional School. Mother Cabrini was a powerful woman. Who would have guessed that at age 19 she was denied admission to an Italian religious congregation? She was told she was too frail for the rigors of religious life. Her life proved the opposite to be true. ⠀ You can learn more at about St. Frances Xavier Cabrini here: https://loom.ly/ssR58Qg ⠀ ⠀ Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini, pray for us.

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Today, we celebrate the Feast of St. John Neumann. St. John Neumann is not only one of the patron saints of our school but was also the fourth Bishop of Philadelphia and founder of many Catholic Schools. ⠀ ⠀ St. John Neumann, Pray for us. ⠀ ⠀ To learn more about the life of St. John Neuman, consider reading the bio below put together by our School Minister, Father Dalton. ⠀ ⠀ —- ⠀ ⠀ Our school can boast of two patron saints: St. John Neumann, whose feast day comes to us in this first week of the new year, and St. Maria Goretti whose feast day is July 6. ⠀ ⁣ ⠀ ⠀ John was born in the Kingdom of Bohemia, now the Czech Republic, on March 28, 1811. He studied for the Priesthood; however, his bishop suspended priestly ordinations since there were so many priests and not enough positions for them. ⁣ ⠀ ⠀ ⁣ ⠀ ⠀ In 1836, John traveled to the United States in the hope of being ordained. Within a year, John was ordained in Saint Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City and later joined the Redemptorist Fathers in 1840.⁣ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ In 1852, John was appointed Bishop of Philadelphia and ministered to the German, Irish and Italian Catholics, who were coming to America in large numbers. During John’s administration, new parishes were being established at the rate of one per year. John was the first bishop in America to organize a diocesan school system. ⁣ ⠀ ⠀ ⁣ ⠀ ⠀ St. John Neumann passed away on January 5, 1860, at the age of 48. His remains rest under the altar of St. Peter the Apostle parish at 5th street and Girard Avenue in Philadelphia.⁣

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