Feb. 7: History in a School

Back in the 19th century, Cornelia Peacock Connelly, a native of Philadelphia, found herself separated from her husband and living, with her three children, in England.  There she started a Religious Community—the Society of the Holy Child Jesus—focusing on educating the children of English Catholics and Irish immigrants.

By the time of her death in 1879, the Society had started in America.  Her vision—transforming lives through education—lives on in schools like Cornelia Middle School (CMS) of the Holy Child on New York City’s Lower East Side.

Says Sonia Rivas, a graduate: “I made it through high school with the help of the CMS support program, and now I am a freshman at John Jay Criminal College in New York City.”

The good we do can have a ripple effect far past our own lifetimes, helping others achieve their own greatness.

Show yourself in all respects a model of good works, and in your teaching show integrity.  (Titus 2:7)

 Teach me Your ways, Lord.

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