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edu180atl: marie corrigan 9.11.12

With broad smiles and numerous hands raised, students vied for the opportunity to answer the question, “What’s the best present you ever got?”  The setting was our first school mass, a milestone in our process to become a Catholic school. For 13 years we have served students who flourish in a smaller class environment with teachers trained to make modifications and accommodations for their learning styles. In January we received an invitation to become affiliated with Marist School and it was with this affiliation that we began the procedure to move from being a non-denominational school to a Catholic school.

With answers to his question, Father Musso was able to easily segue to the reading, which was from 1 Corinthians 12:7. This passage tells of the gifts given by God including: wisdom, knowledge, faith, healing and prophecy.  Father Musso  explained that God wants to give us the best gifts so that we can be our best. A second reading, from Matthew, 7:7 where Jesus tells us to “Ask and it will be given to you, seek and you will find, knock and the door will open…” is a wonderful and constant reminder that all gifts are available to all of us, if we only give our best.

Watching a child, or a teacher or parent, grow in their faith is a most precious gift.  Being able to offer religious education is a gift that Sophia Academy can offer to our community.

About the author: Marie S. Corrigan, Founding Director and Principal, (,  passionate about Catholic education for all students.

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  1. Marie:

    So glad your school has found its footing in the Marist community. I think your message about doing your best and then gifts will be bestowed upon you is a powerful message for students to receive. It communicates that effort matters and that not all talents lie with our native intelligence. We can move to greater heights with a continued dose of hard work and commitment. Thanks for sharing!


    September 11, 2012

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