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Notre Dame ACE Bus Tour Visit Honors Sisters of St. Joseph for 140 Years of Excellence in Education 

ND ACEbus arriving webBrighton, MA: The University of Notre Dame is on the road in support of a quality Catholic Education (ACE) has launched the Fighting for Our Children's Future National Bus Tourto raise awareness of the impact that K-12 schools have as agents of human formation and social transformation, and to celebrate the unique role that Catholic schools play in nurturing the soul of our nation.

On November 7, 2013, the tour made one of its two New England stops at St. Joseph Preparatory School, Brighton, MA. The purpose of the visit was to put a local focus on the gift of Catholic education nationally and to honor the contributions to education by the Sisters of St. Joseph during their 140 years in the greater Boston area.

The tour received a warm welcome from St. Joseph Prep students, faculty, and staff, Sisters of St. Joseph, as well as graduates of the ACE program living i the Boston area. Mr. Thomas Nunan, Jr., Head of School, touched the heart of what ACE is about when he spoke both to guests and students in his opening remarks saying, “Relationship is at the heart of everything:  I didn’t make that up; it comes from the Sisters of St. Joseph…relationship is at the core of Saint Joseph Prep. For 140 years, the Sisters of St. Joseph have set the standard for excellence; their legacy is our responsibility. The education here must prepare you for the best colleges and launch you into the finest careers; as a result of this first-rate, forward-thinking education, you should have better and broader choices for all you do in life.”

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A diverse program followed which included prayer, a robotics demonstration, choral performances, and remarks from Sister Rosemary Brennan, President of the Sisters of St. Joseph. Fr. Sean McGraw, CSC, and Fr. Tim Scully, CSC, founder of the ACE program presented the Sorin Award to the Sisters of St. Joseph for excellence in Catholic education. Rosemary Brennan, CSJ, as president, and Kathleen Carr, CSJ, who serves as Director of Planning and Operations for ACE Consulting, a division of the ACE program, received the award in the name of the congregation.

 “Celebrating the Gift of Catholic Schools” is the message that has been literally rolled out from the Notre Dame campus this fall. By the time the tour concludes in May, 2014, Notre Dame ACE leaders, faculty, and staff will have traveled by bus to nearly 50 cities to advance their mission to sustain, strengthen, and sustain Catholic schools. 

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