Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic

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This summer students were busy serving others, exploring the world outside of the classroom, and preparing for post-secondary education opportunities.

This past July, Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic students took a week-long mission trip to Jamaica. Working with and through the Praying Pelican Missions organization, the students tended to the people in Jamaica in a number of ways.  They visited children in orphanages, completed construction projects, and ministered to the young people there through sports.  They also donated cleats to the young people there from the many CWNC students who started cleat drives here in Pittsburgh to collect gently used/new cleats for the children in Jamaica.  CWNC sophomore participant Nick Milas said, “I loved playing soccer with the kids.  It was fulfilling and fun to interact with them on that level.” Katherine Finney, co-coordinator of the mission trip, stated that it was exciting to see the students grow in their own relationships with God as well as their ability to minister to people around them who are in need.  “It is a blessing to witness God using us for his glory and forming us into Christians who are learning how to practice Christ’s call to ‘feed the poor’ in a sense and to take care of those in need.”

On the exploratory front, students and faculty traveled to Europe as one of the new endeavors at CWNC on behalf of the World Language Club. Traveling to Spain, Italy, and France, the students experienced the culture and customs they discussed in their French, Spanish, and Latin classes throughout the past academic year. Some of the highlights included visiting the Eiffel Tower in Paris, seeing the boyhood home of Dante Alighieri, author of Inferno, in Florence, and visiting with the Marianist priests in Bordeaux, France and joining them for Mass. Getting to see Blessed William Joseph Chaminade and his home allowed students to see the actual workings of the Marianist foundation upon which North Catholic was founded back in 1939. In Rome, the students had the opportunity to see the new resting place of Pope Saint John Paul II in St. Peter’s Basilica. Even when they are not in the classroom, students were enriching their own educations on home and foreign soil.

Back on the home front, CWNC students prepared for their own post-secondary educations by engaging in field trips throughout the summer. Hosted by the Career Development Program at CWNC, the students traveled to various colleges and universities throughout southwestern Pennsylvania to gain a better perspective of their future plans. Jen Parsons, program manager, piloted this initiative aimed at targeting student interests and potential majors. Some of the students who were interested in Health and Wellness Education traveled to Slippery Rock University to visit with various staff members, directors, and participants of the program. Other stops along the College Caravan included the University of Pittsburgh, St. Vincent College, Robert Morris University, and California University of Pennsylvania.

Even when school is not in session, Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic students are constantly preparing to create brighter, better futures for themselves and others as they live out of the Mission of our school.