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Curley Notre Dame and Iona Alumni `Move the World´

November 18, 2013

At the end of October, Br. Jason Ford, CFC, Campus Minister at Archbishop Curley Notre Dame Prep was honored at the 2nd Annual Campus Ministries Alumni Reception at Iona College in New Rochelle, New York. The event recognizes commitment to faith, service, and justice and also helps raise funds in support of Iona´s Karios retreat, as well as the leadership and service work of Iona Student Ministers.

The Friends of Iona's Office of Mission and Ministry, Homecoming Reception honored Br. Jason M. Ford, CFC, '01 and Liz DeCecco, '02

Jessica Velasco, Sanjay Singh, Roger Rojas, and Heli Montoto, all graduates of ACND Prep, presented the award to Br. Ford.

"To receive the award from four past students was an incredibly humbling experience," commented Br. Ford. "To hear these young men and women express their gratitude for receiving a good Catholic education rooted in the call to service of Edmund Rice was in itself a reward."

Two students from this group were selected by Iona College´s Office of Mission and Ministry to participate in Iona´s annual trip to Zambia. Participants in the Zambia immersion program act as servant-learners and immerse themselves in the African culture and customs, while working alongside the Christian Brothers and community partners on educational initiatives in Mazabuka. The team also travels to Livingstone to visit wildlife game parks and Victoria Falls the world´s largest waterfall.

Archbishop Curley Notre Dame alumni present Br. Jason Ford, CFC with his award.
Pictured from left to right: Heli Montoto '13, Roger Rojas '12, Br. Ford, Jessica Velasco '10, Sanjay Singh '11

"Recently, Iona College added the slogan `Move the World´ to all of its admissions materials," remarked Br. Ford. "The ACND graduates that are at Iona are clearly taking that message to heart. Jessica and Roger's choice to go to Africa is an example of the service they began to practice while at ACND, as members of the Edmund Rice Community, and have continued at Iona. They are truly listening to the message of Christ as lived by Blessed Edmund Rice."

This year marks the 29th year of service by the Edmund Rice Christian Brothers at ACND Prep. The Edmund Rice Christian Brothers North America (ERCBNA) have had a presence in North America since 1876 first arriving in Newfoundland and, by 1906, in New York City. In 1940, Iona College (the only University run by the Edmund Rice Christian Brothers in the world) opened its doors.

Br. Ford notes the similarities between the two schools: "Today Archbishop Curley Notre Dame and Iona College have a lot more in common than one would first expect: both are small communities able to stay well connected with alumni; both are student centered where faculty knows the students personally; and both have a sense of being a second home for their students. These reasons help to explain why so many ACND graduates have gone up to Iona and have been successful."

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Lisa Morales, ACND Public Relations Specialist

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