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Saints & Scholars: An Evening Celebrating Catholic School Excellence


Thank you for a wonderful Saints & Scholars 2023

Our inaugural Saints & Scholars event on May 4, 2023 at Old St. Mary’s School was an evening filled with engaging classroom presentations, stunning school performances, and special celebration of our Catholic school community.  Congratulations again to our 2023 honorees Christine Boyd, Maria Brown, and Thomas Dowling and to our remarkable participating schools.


6 P.M.
Join us in our classrooms to hear from teachers throughout the Archdiocese of Chicago

Academic Fair Projects
St. Patrick School 

African American Saints Project
Immaculate Conception (So. Exchange)

Black History Month Showcase
St. Bartholomew

Creation Care Earth Day Projects
St. Patrick School

Gifts of the Holy Spirit Stained Glass Windows
Alphonsus Academy and Center for the Arts

Nature Mosaic
Alphonsus Academy and Center for the Arts

Rosary Buddies Project
St. Josaphat

Science Olympiad Projects
Our Lady of Mount Carmel Academy

7 P.M
Reception to celebrate and honor our Catholic schools


Saints & Scholars 2023 Honorees

Christine Boyd
has served as principal of St. Thomas of Canterbury School in Chicago's Uptown neighborhood, which educates students from thirty-seven nations with a 98 percent poverty ratio. In 2001, St. Thomas united with St. Mary of the Lake Catholic School, and she became the principal of both schools. The mission of St. Thomas of Canterbury and St. Mary of the Lake Catholic Schools is to provide a place of welcome and robust intellectual and moral training for immigrant children, many of whom hail from African refugee camps. 

Maria Brown
has held instructional and leadership roles in education for more than 17 years and is new to her Principal of Holy Angels School role this year. Since joining the Holy Angels family, Maria has strived to serve the school and parish community that spiritually and academically supported generations of Chicago families with faith-centered compassion by reinstating daily faith-based curriculum, student-led weekly mass, and the practice and celebration of the sacraments. 
Thomas Dowling 
is a model example of success resulting from investment in Catholic education. Tom received a Master's degree in Comparative Social Policy from the University of Oxford, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar and graduated with Merit. He is a Truman Scholar, Lincoln Academy Laureate (the State of Illinois' highest honor), and a Fulbright participant. He graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Illinois, where he studied political science and history. Tom graduated from St. John Fisher grammar school and St. Ignatius College Prep high school.