Sister Catherine wins national award

GREENVILLE—Franciscan Sister Catherine Noecker, principal of St. Anthony of Padua School, was honored with a national education award for the contributions she has made over her 34-year career.

She was chosen as the South Atlantic Region recipient of the 2014 National Catholic Educational Association Dr. Robert J. Kealey Distinguished Principal Award. A maximum of 12 principals in the United States receive this award each year.

“Your contributions to Catholic education over the last 34 years are truly impressive. Your colleagues, parents, and superintendent of schools attest to your outstanding service to them and your commitment to Catholic education. You have been a source of great inspiration to all,” said Christopher Trott in a letter announcing the award.

Sister Catherine has spent the past 25 years at St. Anthony, and was recently celebrated by the parish and school for the love and service she has given to all. A Mass was held in her honor, along with a luncheon and reception.

The Franciscan has been praised for helping keep St. Anthony running in tough times and for being instrumental in the opening of their new school building. Mostly, she is lauded for her warm and generous spirit.

“From moving into our beautiful new school to receiving word of the nomination and award, it has been a whirlwind of events!” Sister Catherine said. “To paraphrase St. John: ‘Of God’s fullness we have all received, one blessing after another!”

Presentation of the award is scheduled for April 22 at the 2014 NCEA Convention and Expo in Pittsburgh.

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