In September 2008, the Diocese of Brooklyn took the first steps toward Preserving the Vision, a planning process for our Catholic Elementary Schools. Major goals for this process include the assessment of the Catholic Identity of our school, the establishment of an Academy, and expansion of marketing, public relations and development efforts for the school. The academy model is the future for Catholic Education in the Diocese of Brooklyn. As an academy, we will build upon the successes we have had and will continue to provide the best in Catholic Education.
The transition of our parish elementary school to a two-tiered governance model is set for September 2014.
The 1st tier of governance is composed of the Bishop, Vicar, and pastors. The 2nd tier of governance is the Academy Board of Directors. This Board of Directors is established to govern the academy and write policy for the efficient operation of the academy that advances the formation and education of its students. The Academy Board is committed to providing a quality Catholic education and faith formation for the students entrusted to its care. The Catholic academy is an expression of the educational mission of the Basilica of Our Lady of Perpetual Help with which it is aligned and of the Diocese of Brooklyn.
Introducing the Board of Directors for Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Academy of Brooklyn:
James Barton, Angela Cacciola, Barry Gallogly, Kevin Murray, Ralph Nofi, Sister Mary Perasa, C.S.J., James Quigg, Mary Woods, Robert Emmett Woods and John Cassidy. These men and women bring many gifts, talents, and expertise that will only strengthen our school. We thank them for the dedication and commitment they have already provided and will continue to provide as we move forward. Please keep them in your prayers as they begin this all important new mission: To teach as Jesus did.
Mr. Barton is the proud product of Catholic Education. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University and received his law degree from Fordham University. Mr. Barton has worked as a lawyer with the City of New York for more than 25 years and holds legal licenses in both NY and NJ. He also attained his Master’s in Theology and has been a member of other non-profit boards. Mr. Barton believes that this year of Evangelization should foster the importance for Catholic Schools.
After graduating from OLPH in 1963, Ms. Cacciola continued her studies at Bishop Kearney HS. She then earned her BS in Mathematics and Education from St. Francis College and her MS in Elementary Education from Wagner College. Ms. Cacciola’s entire career has been devoted to Catholic Education. She began as an elementary math teacher where she remained until making the change to high school. Ms. Cacciola has been teaching at The Mary Louis Academy in Queens for the last 30 years where she has served as the Dean, Chairperson of the Math Department, and Yearbook Moderator. She remains a Brooklyn resident and is an avid Mets fan. She enjoys many hobbies, most notably crocheting.
Mr. Murray was born and raised in OLPH. He attended the grammar school and graduated in 1962. He then went on to Power Memorial Academy HS and earned his bachelor’s degree from Pace University. Mr. Murray worked for 38 years at various New York Stock Exchange Brokerage Firms; rising to Chief Operating Officer of INSTINET Clearing Services. In 2004, after an illustrious career on Wall Street, Mr. Murray left to work in the family’s automotive service enterprise. He is brother to Fr. John Murray, C.Ss.R., currently residing in OLPH, as well as James, Thomas, and Peter – all OLPH alumni.
Sister Mary Perasa, C.S.J.
Sr. Mary is a graduate of St. Brendan’s HS and earned her BS in Elementary Education from Brentwood College. She entered the Novitiate of the Sisters of St. Joseph in September of 1958. Sr. Mary has taught grades Pre-K – 2nd during her 51 years as an educator. She began her teaching career here in OLPH as a 1st grade teacher. Although Sr. Mary retired from teaching in 2012, she keeps herself very busy working as a volunteer, in St. Joseph HS, St. John the Baptist Food Pantry, and in the Office of Faith Formation for the Diocese of Brooklyn.
Mary grew up in Woodside, Queens, graduated from St. Teresa School, as well as Mater Christi Diocesan HS. She received her Associate’s degree in Mental Health from Manhattan Community College. She later went back to school majoring in accounting and received her degree from Pace University. Ms. Woods has been a bookkeeper tenant relations manager for a real estate management company for over 25 years. She lived on 59th Street after she was married in 1982 and called OLPH her home.
As a product of Catholic schools, Ms. Woods has fond memories of her school days and a deep appreciation for the education she received. She believes all parents should be given the option to send their child to a Catholic school and hopes to be able to help the academy provide the spiritual and academic education that will shape the leaders of tomorrow.
Robert Emmett Woods
Bob was born and raised in OLPH. He attended the grammar school and graduated in 1960. He then went on to attend the Redemptorist Minor Seminary at North East, PA for two years and finished up his high school education at St Augustine Diocesan High School in Park Slope - Brooklyn ... Bob then earned his BBA in Business Management with a Minor in Accounting from St. Francis College in Brooklyn Heights and his MBA in International Finance from Fordham University - Lincoln Center Campus in Manhattan.
Mr Woods began an almost 30 year carer in Wholesale International Banking at JP Morgan & Co as well as the New York Branches of major international banks from Germany, The Netherlands, Japan, Italy and Austria primarily as a Relationship Manager.
He has a strong background in service to the OLPH Parish - first as an altar boy - then as a basketball player on the grammar school team but also as Athletic Director from 1964 to 1976 - with time off for military - and being the Head Basketball Coach of the very successful parish program.
Mr Woods served his country in the US Army from January 1968 to January 1971 - with 31 months over seas duty in the Federal Republic of Germany receiving an Honorable Discharge for his service.
Bob currently resides down at the Jersey Shore in Monmouth County ... he has two children and three grandchildren ... and he stays active officiating high school sports in basketball - soccer and girls lacrosse in the Shore Conference.
He is a Member of the Knights of Columbus as well as the Friendly Sons of the Shillelaghs of the Jersey Shore in Belmar.
Jack graduated from OLPH in the class of 1960. He then went to Brooklyn Preparatory HS ('64) and St. Francis College.('68). Jack later received his MBA from Pace University. He proudly served our country in the Marine Corps from 1968 to 1971. Jack has been happily married for 39 years to his lovely wife, Joyce and they have 5 children.
Jack has worked in the Financial Services industry for 42 years, spending the last 33 years at JPMorgan Chase before retiring as VP in the Controllers area.