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Somerville Catholic Schools Celebrate Milestone
Caption: Sister Mary C. Chapman IHM, Ed.D., principal of Immaculate Conception School, celebrates 60 years of Catholic education in Somerville with student council officers.
SOMERVILLE, NJ—The year was 1957 and the race for space was about to be launched, the beloved Brooklyn Dodgers headed to Los Angeles, and the Civil Rights movement was in its early stages.
It was also the year the parishioners of Immaculate Conception Church reached deep into their pockets and hearts to create the town's first Catholic school.
The dream had first been proposed by the pastor, Rev. Robert Graham, and carried on by his successor, Father Eugene B. Kelly, who expanded the concept to include a K-12 system.
On Day One that September in 1957, Immaculate Conception School (ICS) included students from K-4 and each subsequent year a grade was added, followed by the opening of Immaculata High School in 1962.
To celebrate these 60 years of Catholic education and National Catholic Schools Week, Immaculate Conception School has planned several events, including the upcoming Diamond Ball to be held on Saturday, Feb. 3rd at the Doubletree Hotel in Somerset.
The evening of dinner and dancing will honor 60 years of faith and academic excellence and will include a silent auction. For more information and to purchase tickets click here or call the Advancement Office at (908) 722-0200 ext. 222.
"Literally thousands of students have received a faith-filled, strong academic education at our school," said Sister Mary C. Chapman IHM, Ed.D., Immaculate Conception Principal.
"We have an incredible legacy of high achieving graduates, who went on to become very successful professionals, nurtured their faith through the Church and service, and became strong parents and grandparents, as well as responsible citizens," she added.."Our students, past and present, are better people for having attended Immaculate Conception."
"Our school owes so much to so many people. Without the leadership and prayerful and financial support of our three pastors, Monsignors Kelly, Kennedy, and Brennan and our parish, we could not exist. Our parents for generations have made the sacrifices necessary to send their children to a Catholic school to obtain a rigorous academic education in a faith-filled, caring environment and we honor that commitment in our celebrations. I am proud to recognize the IHM Sisters who with the dedicated lay faculty have instilled in our students the understanding that Jesus is our center and Mary is our model," she said.
Msgr. Seamus Brennan, pastor of Immaculate Conception Parish and director of Immaculate Conception School, applauds all those who contributed to the on-going success of the school.
"In the United States, there are approximately 25 parish-supported Kindergarten through Grade 12 Catholic school systems. We are very blessed to have such a vibrant school, supported by the IHM Congregation, faithful lay teachers and staff, parents, parishioners, alumni, and the community. We are proud to continue the legacy of providing a solid academic and faith-filled education to the children of Somerville and surrounding areas for many generations to come," Chapman said.