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At St. James School, a Mass of Thanksgiving for Blue Ribbon recognition

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Bishop Michael F. Burbidge celebrated a Mass of Thanksgiving at St. James Church in Falls Church Oct. 23, in gratitude for St. James School’s third National Blue Ribbon of Excellence recognition by the U.S. Department of Education.

 

St. James was one of eight Virginia schools to be recognized in September as a Blue Ribbon school by the U.S. Department of Education. The school, run by the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, also received the award in 1999 and 2014. Only 50 private schools across the country are recognized each year.

 

Immaculate Heart of Mary Sister Mary Sue Carwile, principal, said members of the student government and National Junior Honor Society presented Bishop Burbidge with a “spiritual bouquet” card noting that 537 rosaries had been prayed by the school community. The gift bag also included several items of St. James School memorabilia, including a face mask, a blanket and a water bottle.

 

The first parish school began in 1906 and was staffed by the Sisters of Perpetual Adoration. The IHM sisters have staffed St. James school since 1923. This year, the school has more than 400 students and inaugurated its first preschool. 

 

© Arlington Catholic Herald 2020