Saint Mark's theology teacher, Colin McGuigan's essay "Wonder Opens the Heart: Pope Francis and Lisa Sideris on Nature, Encounter, and Wonder," was accepted for publication in Zygon: Journal of Religion and Science, a quarterly peer-reviewed academic journal covering religion and science. Mr. McGuigan previously presented his essay at the 2018 General Conference of the American Academy of Religion. In his work he discusses the relationship between science and religion and the importance of wonder in Pope Francis’s theology, especially for how Francis believes human beings relate to each other, to nature, and to the divine.
On Wednesday, January 10th, the Boys Soccer team celebrated their season at their annual banquet. For the first time, the team held their banquet at an off campus site at the lovely Christiana Hilton. The beautiful ballroom was a fantastic setting for the reunion of players, coaches, friends, and families. The banquet included dinner, a slideshow of pictures from the season, as well as speeches and awards given out by the coaches. Of the bigger awards given, Ryan Farina won Most Improved, Eric Ludman won the Spartan Award, and Matt Ziomek was named MVP of the team. The banquet was a success and a terrific culmination of a memorable season.
On Tuesday, January 8, 2019, Saint Mark’s English teacher John Fiorelli was featured in the Delaware News Journal article, “Delaware Basketball Hall of Fame to enshrine 6.” Fiorelli is one of six to be inducted into the 2019 Delaware Basketball Hall of Fame this year. A state-championship coach, Fiorelli led the Saint Mark’s girls’ basketball team to a 356-139 record over 24 seasons, including a 6-0 record in state championship games. He will be inducted into the Delaware Basketball Hall of Fame on January 26th.
On Saturday, January 5th the Saint Mark's High School Chorus celebrated Epiphany with the parish of Holy Spirit Church in New Castle. Twenty-eight members of the chorus sang a variety of Christmas Carols including "Hark, The Herald Angels Sing", "What Child is This", and "Joy to the World." The students gave a wonderful performance and Mr. Bookout received many compliments from the members of the parish. We hope to make this an annual event.
On Monday, January 7th, seniors from the PE Assistant HR visited the 8th grade PE classes at Saint John the Beloved. Students talked to the SJB students briefly and then participated in a Bowling Pin Game with the 8th graders. All of the students had a blast playing and mingling together. This is the third year in a row that our PE Assistants have visited and they will be going back a few more times in the spring.
Saint Mark’s, a college preparatory Catholic high school, inspires young men and women to create a better world, one more pleasing to God and more helpful to others, by modeling faith, excellence, humility and integrity.