Breakfast with the Bishop

Father Ron Weyrens, chairman of the board for the Catholic Community Schools system in the St. Cloud metro area, leads the closing prayer. Father Weyrens received a certificate of recognition from the National Catholic Educational Association for his contributions to Catholic school education. (Photo by Dianne Towalski/The Visitor)

More than 400 people gathered for Breakfast with the Bishop May 3 at the Gorecki Center at the College of St. Benedict in St. Joseph. The fourth annual event was a benefit for the Catholic Foundation’s Catholic Schools Student Scholarship Fund.

This year the fund has given $30,000 to 25 schools in the diocese for 100 scholarships. Since 2013, 405 scholarships have been awarded, totaling $121,500.

The keynote address was given by School Sister of Notre Dame Clare Fitzgerald, a native of Boston, who has received the National Catholic Educational Association’s highest commendation for distinguished service to Catholic education and the church three times. She talked about how the mission of Catholic schools is to transform the world and be channels of peace in a time of division.

 

 

Bishop Donald Kettler laughs with Benedictine Sister Suzanne Slominski, principal of St. John-St. Andrew School in Greenwald, who will retire this year and was honored at the breakfast for her 68 years in education. (Photo by Dianne Towalski/The Visitor)
Kevin Powers, incoming superintendent of the Catholic Community Schools system in the St. Cloud area, talks with School Sister of Notre Dame Clare Fitzgerald, after her address. (Photo by Dianne Towalski/The Visitor)

 

 

 

About Dianne Towalski

Dianne Towalski is a multimedia reporter for The Visitor newspaper.

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