October 2019
Jennifer Crusco
Communications Assistant

AHA Faculty & Staff Honored at Mass for Catholic Schools Personnel

Demarest, NJ: Several members of the Holy Angels community were invited to the Archdiocesan Mass for Catholic Schools Personnel, where they were honored for their long-term commitment to the Academy. Monsignor Thomas Nydegger, vicar general and moderator of curia for the archdiocese, celebrated this festive Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Newark.

Honorees included AHA Religious Studies Chairperson Carol Fay; physical education teacher and varsity coach Susan Liddy; and Plant Manager Robert Shanney, all of whom have logged 40 years at Holy Angels. Thirty-year honorees included social studies teacher Patrick Dunne, AHA English Department Chairperson Nancy Schneberger, and mathematics teacher Sheila Wroblewski. World Language Department Chair Samira Mady was recognized for 25 years of service; and Mission Integration Coordinator Joan Connelly, AHA Social Studies Department Chair Gail Fair, Principal Jean Miller (AHA ’83), and Attendance Secretary Eileen Musich were recognized for 20 years of service. Recent retiree Sister Carole Tabano, SSND, (AHA ’59) was acknowledged for her 58-year teaching career. S. Carole spent the last 30 years teaching all levels of Spanish at AHA.

“We are blessed at AHA to have such loyal and talented faculty who have served our students so well for many years,” said AHA President Melinda Hanlon.

Those who sang at Mass included AHA Director of Campus Ministry Kathleen Sylvester and honoree Carol Fay. Angel vocalists were Alexis Jacob of Tappan, New York; Nora Jacobi of West New York; Gabriella Callaghan of Nanuet, New York; Kayla Pringle of Suffern, New York; Nayoun Kim of Cresskill; Gabriella Borges of Demarest; and Juliana Dominguez of North Bergen. The singers were led by AHA Performing Arts Director Dan Mahoney.

Founded by the School Sisters of Notre Dame in 1879, the Academy of the Holy Angels is the oldest private girls’ school in Bergen County. While AHA is steeped in Catholic tradition, this prestigious high school serves young women from a broad spectrum of cultural and religious backgrounds. Over time, thousands of women have passed through AHA’s portals. Many go on to study at some of the nation’s best universities, earning high-ranking positions in medicine, government, law, education, public service, business, arts, and athletics. The Academy’s current leaders continue to further the SSND mission to provide each student with the tools she needs to reach the fullness of her potential—spiritually, intellectually, socially, and physically, by offering a first-rate education in a nurturing environment where equal importance is placed on academic excellence, character development, moral integrity, and service to others.

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