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Mrs. TenerI am so glad you are visiting the St. Philip Neri Catholic School website. 

I am proud to be a member of the Class of 1971. I know that I am blessed to have St. Philip Neri as a touchstone in my life. I have taken a circuitous route to return as the principal of St. Philip Neri. Many people have asked me since returning if I knew some day I would come back as the principal. I answer with a resounding, “No.” But, I did know from a very early age that I would always be connected to Catholic education somehow. And so, here I am.

God and our Catholic faith are an integral part of our daily activities and lessons here at St. Philip Neri. This is a school with committed teachers, strong academics, integrated technology, and Catholic values. I would like to invite anyone interested in our exceptional school to explore our website to find out more about us. Better yet, call us at 405-737-4496 or email me at btener@spnok.org for a visit.

Mrs. Tener

Happy Birthday Father Fuller!

 

St. Philip Neri’s Father Fuller celebrated his birthday last month. Students of the school drafted letters with well wishes for the priest, but below the congratulatory sentiments, inquiries regarding the man’s life and call to the vocation were noted.

Father Fuller felt the need to visit classrooms to discuss and answer the questions of the young people. A list of all questions were printed off and according to class, Father addressed each question which allowed for open dialogue between the student and religious leader.

“Why did you become a priest?” “What is your favorite thing to do on your time off?” “How many people have you baptized?” “What is your favorite bible verse?”

The latter was answered by Father Fuller, “Matthew 28: 19-20, because of the end, ‘I am with you always.’ God is always present in our lives.”

Father continued reading down the list of questions answering his favorite hobbies, morning routines, challenges and rewards of being a priest, and notably the question, “If you could have anything in the world, what would it be?” Father answered after a few seconds of thought, “I can’t think of anything that I want that I don’t already have now.”

Honors Literature Class

Our 7th and 8th grade Honors Literature Class is studying To Kill a Mockingbird. The class is led by AmeriCorps educator, Mr. Dylan McHugh. McHugh will soon be graduating with his Masters in Education from the University of Notre Dame.

In an attempt to address the racial issues of the novel, in particular, the use of the "n-word", McHugh invited Ms. Carla Hinton, Religion Editor for the state newspaper, The Oklahoman, to address his class. Hinton has nearly three decades of experience with the daily print issue covering not only religion, but social services and minorities stories. "I've done it all," Hinton explained to students, she then proceeded to speak to the origin of the racial slur beginning with the Latinroot of the word. Hinton then discussed its use in the time of slavery and now what is considered to be "popular usage" in hip hop culture. "No matter who uses it, there's baggage and history," Hinton explained to the middle school students. Honors Literature student, Nick Howard reflected on the issue. "I think this is important because it tells us how bad the offensive words are in To Kill a Mockingbird and it teaches us not to use them in our society today."

Radiothon

This week The Oklahoma Broadcasting Network (97.3 FM) held their Spring Radiothon.

Our students visited the radio station to present them with a $250 check from their stewardship money collected this month.  "In my ten years of conducting this radiothon, St. Philip Neri is the first school to present us with a donation," Deacon Larry Sousa said.

Another $250 donation was matched by a St. Philip Neri parishioner after hearing the students' presentation on-air.

Radiothon Check Presentation Picture

Photo Caption: (left to right) Deacon Larry Sousa, Josef Homola, McKaena Abernathy, Trevor Skinner and Fred Pope

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Safe Environment Training

All employees and volunteers of the parish/school who are involved with children, youths, and vulnerable adults must have safe environment training. If you need safe environment training, please contact:

Lorna Bohn
405-737-4476 ext. 103
safeenvironment@stphilipnerimwc.org

Ensuring a safe enviroment for children and young people is a continuous effort. The Archdiocese pledges to continue its efforts and work toward itentifying areas where we can be more effective.