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All Saints Catholic Academy

New Administration Appointed for All Saints Catholic Academy in New Haven

HARTFORD, Conn. – (May 5, 2020) The leadership has been announced for All Saints Catholic Academy (ASCA), the newly created World School to be located at the current site of St. Francis and St. Rose of Lima School at 423 Ferry Street in New Haven. All Saints Catholic Academy is being formed from the merger of three New Haven Catholic elementary schools: Catholic Academy of New Haven, St. Bernadette School, and St. Francis and St. Rose of Lima School.

The new administration will be led by Sr. Diane Mastroianni, ASCJ who has been appointed as the first principal of All Saints Catholic Academy. Sister Diane comes to ASCA with a background rich in Catholic school education and a deep commitment to serving in a city setting. With ties to the New Haven area, Sister is looking forward enthusiastically to meeting the families of All Saints Catholic Academy and to building a strong faith community. She will be working in partnership with Reverend Christopher Ford, Pastor of Our Lady of the Assumption Parish in Woodbridge who has been appointed Chair of the newly formed All Saints Catholic Academy School Board.

As of July 1, 2020 Sister Diane will come to ASCA from Our Lady of Pompeii School in New York City where she has served as principal since 2016. Prior to that appointment, Sister served as the principal of Santa Maria School in the Bronx from 2006-2016. Her career in Catholic elementary school education began with several positions as a middle school teacher at schools in both New York and Rhode Island. Sister graduated from Notre Dame High School in Fairfield, CT, and went on to earn her bachelor’s degree at Southern Connecticut State University as well as two master’s degrees from Fordham University.

In her application for the position, Sister Diane described the importance of creating a welcoming environment, “I do believe that the image of an open door and the words faith, academics and community speak to the heart of my philosophy of Catholic education. It goes without saying that the academics we provide are second to none…When a child walks into the school, first and foremost they know that they are loved. They become part of a faith community that inspires all from the youngest to the oldest to reach their full potential.” Sister is firmly committed to working collaboratively with each ASCA family to help every child find success.

Former principal and St. Francis School alumnus, Victor Vessicchio will continue to be a presence at the school, supporting ASCA families as they transition to a new instructional model. He is excited to assist Sister Diane as she builds lasting school and parish relationships, creating a safe and welcoming haven for students and their families.

According to Sister Mary Grace Walsh, ASCJ, Ph.D., Provost for Education, Evangelization and Catechesis in the Archdiocese of Hartford, “The creation of All Saints Catholic Academy ushers in a new era for Catholic elementary school education in New Haven, providing area children with an outstanding global education and a solid foundation in faith.”

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