St. Pat Kingman’s Bob Lyall wins a national educational award
By Christopher M. Riggs
Bob Lyall believes he is blessed to be one of eight winners of a national educator award, but the principal of St. Patrick School in Kingman understands there are many others behind the honor.
“You’ve heard it takes a village…well, it takes a parish,” he said a few days before the official announcement, Nov. 11, of the national award.
“The parish has been incredibly supportive. I truly believe that I am blessed,” he said. “I work with wonderful colleagues. I have excellent teachers. I have excellent parents, excellent students who have performed well beyond my expectations. I truly believe that they are worthy of the recognition they are receiving. It’s been a wonderful, wonderful time in Kingman and I look forward to working with all of them even more.”
Lyall, who began working at St. Pat’s in 2008, is one of eight winners of the Terrel H. Bell Award, which is awarded only to principals of National Blue Ribbon Schools. The Blue Ribbon is the highest honor bestowed on a school by the United States government. St. Patrick School was one of 340 schools in the country to receive the award on Sept. 30 from Arne Duncan, United States Secretary of Education.
“I challenged the students and the faculty in my first year that I felt they could be the best – not only the best in Kansas, but the best in the country,” he said. “And I think they are living up to that expectation.”
Lyall said both awards are a reflection of the faith of the parish.
“I couldn’t be happier to be there. I just really want my teachers to be recognized and I want my students to be recognized. I didn’t do any of this for me to have glory. I want them to have the glory because they deserve it.”
Lyall was nominated for the award by Jamie Finkeldei, an assistant superintendent of diocesan Catholic schools.
Findeldei said he nominated Lyall because the principal has worked to make a great school one of the best in country.
“I also nominated him because his individual accomplishment is a reflection of the diocese as a whole,” he said.
“Bob will be the first to admit that his success begins with stewardship, is developed through collaboration with his fellow principals, and is bolstered by teachers throughout the diocese dedicated to forming disciples of Jesus Christ. We are all being honored when Bob accepts the Terrel H. Bell Award.”
About the Terrel H. Bell Award
The Terrel H. Bell Award, named for the former U.S. Secretary of Education, recognizes outstanding school leaders and the vital role they play in overcoming challenging circumstances. According to the U.S. Department of Education, principals nominated for the award are school leaders committed to fostering successful teaching and learning at their schools.
Diocese leading pilgrimage to World Youth Day 2016 in Krakow, Poland
The Diocese of Wichita is hosting a pilgrimage the summer of 2016 to World Youth Day in Krakow, Poland. Registration is now open for pilgrims 16 years old (as of July 1, 2016) and older to join the diocesan group.
The pilgrimage will take place July 18 through Aug. 1, 2016, and will include day trips to the Divine Mercy Shrine in Lagiewniki, St. John Paul II’s childhood home in Wadowice, the Chapel of the Black Madonna in Czestochowa, and all the World Youth Day festivities, including Mass with Pope Francis.
The cost of the pilgrimage is $3,500, and includes transportation, lodging, most meals, day trips, missionary days in the Diocese of Krakow, and World Youth Day events.
Register online www.CatholicDioceseOfWichita.org/Faith or call the Office of Faith Formation at (316) 269-3940. For more information about WYD and our diocesan pilgrimage, visit www.KansasToKrakow.com.
Winfield Knights to host 15th annual Totus Tuus banquet Saturday, Feb. 7
Winfield’s Knights of Columbus council 4713 will host the 15th annual Totus Tuus Banquet Saturday, Feb. 7, at Baden Square in Winfield.
Bishop Carl A. Kemme will be the celebrant at a 4:30 p.m. Mass at Holy Name Catholic Church, Winfield.
The featured speaker will be Father Chad Arnold, pastor at Holy Name in Coffeyville, and a former Totus Tuus teacher and camp director.
Over the years, the council has raised over $450,000 for the Totus Tuus program in the diocese. Last year Totus Tuus provided programming for 42 parishes in the Wichita area and four in the Dodge city area. A total of 3,380 attended the programs and 639 attended Totus Tuus Camp.
Camp scholarships were awarded to 59 youth to attend camp, and seven special needs youth were served at the second annual camp for them at the Spiritual Life Center.
Live and silent auctions will be held along with a raffle. The banquet promises a night of fellowship, a delicious dinner and a great amount of fun.
To make a tax deductible business or personal donation of an auction item or check, contact Tim Toon at (620) 221-4699 or tthomas email@example.com.
Banquet tickets are $80 per person or $640 for a table of eight, with a limited number of seats available. For a reservation or for more information, contact Josh Highland at firstname.lastname@example.org. Donations may be mailed to Totus Tuus P.O. Box 935 Winfield, KS 67156.