Applications Accepted Beginning on December 1st
Applications for admission to PACT cohort 15 begin on December 1, 2014 and continue until February 14, 2015. We are looking for applicants across disciplines, including math, chemistry, biology, English, history, theology, foreign language and elementary positions. Elementary applicants must have teaching licensure to begin the 2015-16 school year, but all other applicants may be certified or non-certified. See our application directions for more info.
PACT Students Gather to Celebrate Thanksgiving
All PACT students were back in Providence on November 22nd to share in fellowship and in a Thanksgiving meal. There is much to be thankful for this year, as our 35 PACT teachers recounted success in their classrooms, graduate programs and in their communities.
PACT's Thanksgiving celebration is sponsored by the three Providence PACT communities who do the cooking and preparation for our gathering. A special thanks goes Fr. John Soares and Deacon Alan DePetrilo of St. Thomas Parish in Providence for graciously hosting our gathering.
Commissioning Mass and the Start of Teaching
The PACT community came together for a commissioning mass on July 25th, celebrated by Fr. Gabriel Pivarnik, O.P.. After some August down time, PACT 13 and 14 teachers are in the their classrooms for the 2014-15 school year. Currently, PACT serves 17 schools in 5 dioceses in New England. Of special note is St. Peter-Marian High School, which now has one PACT teacher.
The members of PACT 14 arrived on the Providence College campus on Wednesday, June 4th to begin their two-year PACT experience. During their first week, the new PACT members participated in a welcome cookout, an orientation retreat and they took part in the PACT 12 graduation celebration.
Entire PACT Community Gathers for Winter Retreat
During the weekend of January 24-25, 2014, all current members of the PACT program met at the O'Connor Retreat House outside of Boston. The retreat was led by Keith Mackeiwicz, SJ, who is a graduate of the PACT program (PACT 4, Cathedral High School, Springfield, MA).
The theme of the retreat was based on a quote from St. Augustine: "Be what you see and receive what you are: the Body of Christ". It was a wonderful opportunity to share in faith and fellowship.
Pictured at Left: The Lawrence Community During the PACT Winter Retreat
Director Br. Patrick Carey Describes the UCCE Programs in Most Recent NCEA Notes
Br. Patrick Carey discussed the PACT program and other UCCE programs in NCEA's November 2013 publication. In the article, Br. Patrick describes the dimensions of the UCCE programs. For the text of the article, follow this link: Br. Carey NCEA Article 2013.pdf
Dr. Zavagnin Publishes Article in America Magazine
PACT Assistant Director Anthony Zavagnin published an article about teaching controversial issues in Catholic schools through the prism of Catholic social teachings.The article was published in the November 25, 2013 issue of America magazine and can be found by clicking here