Two archdiocesan educators chosen to receive prestigious national award – Delco Times

PHILADELPHIA — Denise McMonagle, Advanced Math Teacher at St. Dorothy Parish Elementary School in Drexel Hill, and Sister Thomasann Quinn, SSF, Prayer and Liturgy Coordinator at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish Elementary School in Doylestown, were recently named recipients of the NCEA 2022 “Lead. Learn. proclaim. Award” from the National Catholic Educational Association.

The award recognizes leadership and excellence in Catholic education. McMonagle and Sister Thomasann Quinn were two of only 13 recipients selected from more than 150,000 teachers, administrators, diocesan leaders, and organizations dedicated to serving Catholic schools throughout the nation.

Andrew McLaughlin, Ed.D., Secretary of Elementary Education for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia said, “On behalf of the Office of Catholic Education and all our partners in education across the five-county Archdiocese of Philadelphia, I’m thrilled to congratulate Mrs .McMonagle and Sister Thomasann Quinn on this much deserved honor. They represent the talented, faith-filled, and selfless lay and religious educators we are blessed to have here in the archdiocese. Mrs. McMonagle has been a part of the St. Dorothy School Community for over a decade and Sister Thomasann Quinn has dedicated over 65 years of service to the education of young women and men in the archdiocese including an exemplary 37 years, alone, at Our Lady of Mount Carmel. It is truly gratifying for all of us who collaborate together on Catholic elementary education to see two of our peers recognized on the national stage in such a special way.”

The NCEA will recognize McMonagle and Quinn, along with the other 11 honorees of the 2022 Lead. Learn. proclaim. Award, during its 2022 National Convention on Monday, April 18, in New Orleans, La.

McMonagle, has served as a Catholic school educator for 15 years in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and currently serves as the Advanced Math Teacher for St. Dorothy School. Her rigorous lessons are inclusive of STREAM, allowing students to apply lessons beyond the classroom. She works as a mentor teacher, a tutor during lunch and after school, as well as taking a leadership role on professional responsibilities impacting the school community at-large. Additionally, she plans prayer services that bring students to know and love God.

Sister Thomasann Quinn, SSF, a religious sister with the Sisters of Saint Francis in Philadelphia, who currently serves as the Prayer & Liturgy Coordinator at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish Elementary School in Doylestown has been a /Catholic educator, serving in various roles and grade levels, across the country and has served twice as a principal during her 67 year tenure. Sr. Thomasann has contributed to OLMC School for the last 37 years and is currently working as the school’s Liturgical Director. In this role, she has had a significant role in the faith formation and Catholic identity of OLMC and its students in grades Pre-K through eighth grade.

For more information about Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, visit For information about the National Catholic Educational Association, visit

COSA presents Celebrate Age Senior Living Expo at Harrah’s Casino

Delaware County Council and the Delaware County Office of Services for the Aging will once again host the Celebrate Age Senior Living Expo at Harrah’s Philadelphia Casino & Racetrack in Chester, 9 am to 1 pm Friday, May 6. The theme for the expo this year is “Age My Way,” an opportunity to explore the many ways older adults can remain in and be involved with their communities.

Vendors at the expo include home care agencies, health care systems, county agencies, senior centers, attorneys, and more. The Delaware County Senior Games booth will feature Cornhole, a newly added Senior Games sporting event, and interested Delaware County seniors, age 50 and older, can receive information on how to register for the 2022 Senior Games to be held from June 13-24, 2022. Guests to the expo will be able to “Ask a Pharmacist” from PerformRx questions regarding medications. SEPTA will be available to assist with obtaining/renewing a SEPTA Senior Fare Card which enables senior citizens age 65 and older to ride free on all Transit Routes and Regional Rail in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Seniors interested in obtaining a Senior Fare Card can bring proof of age.

There will be DJ music, Zumba, Bingo, raffles and refreshments. Local senior centers will share information about their activities and programs.

The Delaware County Health Department will offer free COVID-19 vaccination and booster shots for expo attendees. Anyone who has already received their initial vaccination should bring along their vaccine card. There is no appointment needed, and no insurance or ID required. People can contact the Delaware County Health Department Wellness Line at 484-276-2100 with any questions or visit the COVID website

The Pennsylvania Department of Health will distribute free COVID at-home test kits.
The Delaware County District Attorney’s Office will have a prescription medication drop box where unused or expired prescription medication can be properly disposed.

The community is welcome to attend this free event. For more information about the expo, contact Elaine Lawley at 610-499-1962.

The Celebrate Age Senior Living Expo is one of the county’s annual Older Americans Month celebrations, which also includes the Centenarian Luncheon which will be held on Monday, May 16 at the Drexelbrook Banquet Center. Delaware County residents turning 100 or older in 2022 are invited to attend. For more information on the Centenarian Luncheon, contact Debbie Hedgepeth at 610-872-1406.

Curry invites girls in grades 5-8 to ‘Inspi-HER’d event

State Rep. Gina H. Curry, D-164 of Upper Darby, will host “Inspi-HER’d,” a fun field day for girls in fifth through eighth grades, from 11 am to 4 pm Saturday, May 14 at Hoffman Park , 34 Scottdale Road, Lansdowne. The event will include outdoor workshops, field day activities and more. Lunch will be provided.
“May is mental health awareness month,” Curry said. “It is important that we come together as a community to support the health and wellness for girls in a positive and affirming way.”

Curry will be joined by youth community leaders to provide information on state-related programs and youth services. All registered attendees under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian at all times for the duration of the event.

Registration is required. To RSVP email by Friday, April 29. Anyone with questions can contact Curry’s office at 610-259-7016.

Segal Puppet and Theater Company offers paper puppet workshops in Norwood

Children and caregivers are invited to the Paper Puppet Workshops at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 501 Chester Pike, Norwood, on Sundays, May 15, 22 and June 12 at 1 pm

Segal Puppet and Theater Company will guide the participants through three 45-minute sessions of Sunday afternoon fun. Participants will build puppets, create scripts and record puppet shows.

Children should be at least five years old and have an adult with them for each workshop. To enroll, contact the office at 610-586-5860 or email

The series costs $10 per child for all three sessions. For scholarship assistance, contact Pastor Lee directly at

Readers can email community news and photos to Peg DeGrassa at

Sister Thomasann Quinn was recently named one of the 13 nationwide recipients of the NCEA 2022 “Lead. Learn. proclaim. Award” from the National Catholic Educational Association. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

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