GRADE SCHOOL CONTACT INFORMATION
SAINT BENEDICT SCHOOL, CARROLLTOWN
ALL SAINTS CATHOLIC SCHOOL, CRESSON
NORTHERN CAMBRIA CATHOLIC SCHOOL, NICKTOWN
SAINT MICHAEL SCHOOL, LORETTO
Principal: Mrs. Rhonda Seymour
FAX: (814) 472-9117
HOLY NAME SCHOOL, EBENSBURG
SAINT BERNARD CATHOLIC SCHOOL (K-8)
All Saints Catholic School, CressoN
HOLY NAME SCHOOL, EBENSBURG
Our Mission Statement:
Holy Name is a Catholic school community rooted in the traditions of our religion and broad
educational opportunities. Our ultimate mission is to form students to become disciples of
Jesus, so to prepare them for the challenges of living in a global society.
We believe that effective education develops life-long learners who desire to grow spiritually,
intellectually, emotionally, socially, and physically.
We believe that reverence, respect, and responsibility are integral values in the growth and
success of every individual, both within the school and within the community.
We believe, as a faith-based community with immersive faith experiences, that our students
will develop a passion for service and exhibit virtuous citizenship and a respect for diversity.
We believe that our progressive academic curriculum prepares students to be leaders in a
digital global society and inspires them to strive for personal excellence.
It is the aim of Holy Name School that as a result of a student’s educational experience, a graduate will: REVERENCE, RESPECT & RESPONSIBILITY
- Recognize and respond to the need for God in daily life by listening to God’s voice through active prayer life
- Respect cultural and social differences by valuing the God-given uniqueness of every individual
- Conduct oneself with integrity and honor as a functional, self –sufficient and contributor to society.
- Ensure commitment to faith by passing on, through word and example, the tradition of Catholic faith to future generations
- Develop disciplined work habits and study skills needed for success on a life-long journey of learning, personal growth, and fulfillment
- Demonstrate and apply concepts learned in all curriculum areas to become a productive member of society
PASSION FOR SERVICE AND VIRTUOUS CITIZENSHIP
- Take an active role in service to God and community by going beyond what is required and empowering others to do the same
- Make decisions based on Catholic Values and accept the outcome of those decisions
- Develop a broad world view and understanding of interdependence as global citizens
Northern cambria catholic school, nicktown
1967 – Holy Cross, St. John the Baptist, and St. Stanislaus Kostka Schools were consolidated with Felician Sisters, Franciscan Sisters and Sisters of Mercy. The consolidation was comprised of the following parishes: Holy Cross, St. Patrick, St. John the Baptist, St. Edward, Most Precious Blood, Holy Incarnation, St. Stanislaus Kostka. Northern Cambria Catholic School was made up of 378 students in grades K-8. Three buildings were used for instruction.
8/29/1967 -First day of classes in the Consolidated School.
2/28/1968 -Fr. James Schuster and a New York reporter visit all Extensions in order to observe and study the Consolidated School.
6/2/1970 -Fr. Thaddeus Kolodziej celebrates the eighth grade Graduation Mass of NCC Consolidated School at St. Stanislaus Church.
1970 – The Sisters of Mercy (Spangler) withdrew.
1971 – St. Nicholas joined the consolidation. The enrollment of Northern Cambria Catholic increased to 476 students and 4 buildings now housed grades K-8.
1980 – Holy Cross building was closed and there were 286 students enrolled in NCCS.
1984 – The Franciscan Sisters withdrew.
1987 – St. Stanislaus Kostka building was closed and there were 243 students enrolled in NCCS.
1990 – The long-awaited day of Groundbreaking for the addition of our Catholic School finally took place on Wednesday, October 31. The festivities of the day began with a Eucharistic Celebration of a joint student body participation. Very Rev. Ronald Osinski, Pastor of the Consolidation, was the main celebrant along with pastors of the participating parishes as concelebrants.
Each grade was represented in the Offertory Procession. Since the children have been praying to St. Joseph the carpenter, asking his help with the building, the Kindergarten Class carried a statue of St. Joseph. the plans of the new addition and a picture of the same, a building brick, the Holy Bible, a school bell, the spade, which was used in the official groundbreaking, the pledges of monetary help and the bread and wine used at the Eucharist were all brought to the altar.
After the Mass, the children received balloons which were launched after the official ground blessing was said and the customary spade full of ground was overturned. After Very Rev. Ronald Osinski, Pastor of the Consolidation and Sister Jane Mary Protsko, Principal, traditionally broke the ground, each Pastor in order signified cooperation by doing the same. Sister Mary Alexander Klawinski, Provincial Superior of the Felician Sisters also took her turn to turn over the ground on the new site.
In attendance were all the school children, parents and friends and the Provincial Administration of the Felician Sisters; SM Cabrini Procopio, SM David Krasowski, SM Lee, the Felician Director of Education.
The festivities ended with “God Bless America” played on the trumpets by the school band directors, Mr. Dipyatic and Mr. Cannon.
1992 – August 13 -Trucks, vans, cars, U-Hauls were utilized to move furniture, desks, books, etc. from St. John’s Extension, Barnesboro to the new addition of NCCS in Nicktown. The cooperation of the people in the consolidation was most overwhelming and proved sincerity of all concerned with the new addition.
The new pastor, Reverend Claude Pollak, OSB arrived at Nicktown to assume duties of pastorship in the consolidation.
September 1, 1992 - Students from grades five to eight opened their 1992-1993 school year at the newly constructed addition in Nicktown. The name of the entire building was Northern Cambria Catholic School and no longer St. Nicholas Extension. The enrollment for this year was 170 students including Kindergarten to grade eight. A Pre-School had opened this fall with an enrollment of thirteen children.
2013 – The Felician Sisters withdrew and NCCS for the first time has a lay principal – Mrs. Theresa Burba
2015 – NCCS has an enrollment of 113 students in Kindergarten through 8 grade and 5 pre-school students.
SAINT MICHAEL SCHOOL, LORETTO
SAINT BENEDICT SCHOOL, Carrolltown
Saint Benedict School is located in Carrolltown, PA in the northern part of Cambria County. It is located 25 miles north of Johnstown, PA in the Laurel Highlands, and 30 miles northwest of Altoona, PA.
Saint Benedict Catholic School began operation by the Benedictine Monks in 1855 in the basement of Saint Benedict Catholic Church. This was the first Catholic Elementary School to be established by the Benedictine Order. In 1878 a four-room brick school building was built to house the students, and then in 1919, a larger brick addition was added. In 2000 the school was completely renovated inside and out. The newer school building includes a state-of-the-art science and computer labs with completely updated hardware in 2020.
Saint Benedict is an elementary school presenting the three- fold mission of the Catholic Church.
To witness the message of Jesus.
To build a community with Jesus Christ as center.
To serve God’s people through love, support, and prayer.
We strive using the Pennsylvania State Standards and the Diocesan curriculum to teach students the truths and values of the Catholic faith rooted in Benedictine spirituality and the practical applications of learning. The school aims to develop within the students a sense of positive self-awareness and mutual respect by providing a friendly, supportive, and secure environment.
Administration, faculty, and parents work collaboratively to provide each child with an individual opportunity to continue to grow and apply their knowledge. Realizing that parents are the primary educators of their children, we understand that what we teach at school will be nurtured at home, utilized throughout their educational careers, and displayed throughout life.
At Saint Benedict Catholic School, we teach the Benedictine Hallmarks to help students become good Christians and citizens.
- Love of Christ and Neighbor
SAINT BERNARD REGIONAL CATHOLIC SCHOOL, INDIANA
1806-Early settlers to Indiana County build the first church, St. Patrick’s, in Cameron's Bottom.
1847-Catholics are served by churches in Blairsville and elsewhere until 1847 when twenty German families came together to build St. Bernard Church on Oak and Mahoning (Fifth) Streets.
1861-Rev. Ferdinand Wolf oversees building of St. Bernard's first Catholic School. School was staffed by two Sisters of St. Agnes and a Captain Snickberger and classes were offered in English and German. This early school did not thrive and closed in a few years.
1884-American bishops met in the Third Plenary Council of Baltimore (1884). There they put forth a plan for the establishment of a comprehensive parochial school system. They directed local churches to establish elementary schools for the education of the parish children. Across the nation, elementary and secondary schools would develop religious curriculums emphasizing Catholic doctrine along with a secular curriculum very similar to that of the public schools.
1898-Rev. Neil McNelis, born in Ireland and educated at St. Francis College and St. Vincent's College, is assigned to St. Bernard's Parish after serving as Superintendent of Schools for the Diocese of Pittsburgh. In the third decade of the 20th century, he was joined by Assistant Pastor, Fr. James Brady, also born in Ireland.
1927-Catholic students of Indiana State Teacher's College met at St. Bernard Church to organize a Newman Club under the direction of Fr. McNelis and Fr. Brady. (October 2, 1927)
1930-Fr. Brady led the parish in a fundraising campaign to finance the building of a second school (the first had burned in 1887). Funds were raised through parties and dinners hosted by Ladies' Aid societies, through paper drives held by the parish children and donations from the Knights of Columbus and the Catholic Daughters of America. The new school was built on Fifth Street, a block from the church. Formal dedication was held on August 29, 1930.
1930-St. Bernard School opened offering classes in six grades to 120 students. Sisters of St. Joseph of Baden made up the teaching faculty. The principal was Sr. Mary de Lellis. (September)
1931-1932 Seventh and eighth grades are added to St. Bernard School
1933-32 students participate in St. Bernard School's first graduation
1953-For two decades, school was taught exclusively by Sisters of Saint Joseph. In 1938, a lay teacher, Mrs. Anne Vogel, was hired.
1958-A second lay teacher was hired, a two-room addition added, and enrollment reached 375. The Regina Guild organized the first library.
1978-Construction of the Church on a hill above the cemetery separated the Church from the school.
1987-Msgr. Robert Shuda, former head of diocesan education, was appointed administrator of parish and a major fund-raising campaign was launched to finance a new Learning Center. $ 950,000 was raised to finance the new facility.
1990-New Learning Center with seven classrooms, a library, an adult education room, all-purpose room, and offices on Clairvaux Drive, near the church, was dedicated. (August)
2009-St. Bernard Regional Catholic School, the only Catholic School in Indiana County, offers a fully accredited program that is staffed by certified teachers with impressive academic credentials. Embedding spiritual studies in a rich curriculum which includes art, music, and technology, its students score above the national average on standardized tests. Its alumni continue to excel academically in high schools and at universities across the nation.