Magazine article Momentum

Message from the President

Magazine article Momentum

Message from the President

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MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT When historians look back on 2005, Hurricane Katrina will rise above all others as the story of the year. The storm's arrival shortly after I had arrived at NCEA had a tremendous impact on the Association. Our members in the Gulf area total more than 400 schools and 80 religious education programs. New Orleans has the 11th largest Catholic school enrollment nationally. How could we help? A hurricane relief fund was the first response. Through the Child-to-Child Campaign-so named because it collected monies from students to send to their counterparts in parishes and schools-NCEA raised more than one million dollars! Dan Curtin, executive director of the CAGE Department, and I headed to the Gulf to distribute the badly needed funds. There we saw extreme devastation countered by the exceptional resolve of Catholic educational leaders. They knew that schools and parishes had to reopen to breathe life back into the community and open them they did. …

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