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High Praise

Sister Catherine Noecker guides the way for hundreds of students


By Steven Tingle
FEBRUARY 26, 2013

Sister Catherine Noecker guides the way for hundreds of students

 

As principal of St. Anthony of Padua Catholic School, Sister Catherine Noecker has watched a lot of kids grow up. In those 25 years she’s also witnessed quite a bit of change. “When I first came here in 1988, there were only 24 kids,” she says. “Now we have 106 and about 30 more ready to start the new year at the new school.” (St. Anthony’s is putting the finishing touches on a new building that will replace the school’s current 55-year-old facility.)

But the real strength, and value, of St. Anthony’s goes far beyond bricks and mortar. “Meeting the needs of the individuals who are here is really what has been the driving force,” says Sister Catherine, who continues to enjoy watching the kids of St. Anthony’s grow up. “When the kids invite me to their graduations from high school or college, or when I see them around town and they tell me about their successes, that’s pretty cool,” she says. “And almost always when you ask them what they remember about St. Anthony’s, they will mention the fact that they knew they were loved.”

 

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