The students of Our Lady of Trust Catholic Academy, in partnership with Cornell University and 4 H, this week kicked off a vegetable garden planting initiative, “Advanced Cooking Education (ACE)” in the yard of the Canarsie school.

The project is a partnership between Our Lady of Trust Catholic Academy, Cornell University, Harvest New York, and 4 H. The goal is to incorporate a healthy living agricultural program into the Academy’s curriculum program. Throughout the 10-week program, chefs assisted provided recipes, cooking lessons, and bags of food to take home and cook.

On Friday, the students planted different seeds in planters including tomatoes, onion, basil, carrots, parsley, and collard greens. The seventh and eighth-grade students also took part in the painting of a mural read “God’s Love Grows at OLTCA.” Students also painted clouds featuring the words: Friendship, Kindness, Love, and Respect.

Muriel Wilkinson is the Principal of Our Lady of Trust Catholic Academy, located at 1696 Canarsie Road in Brooklyn.

Planting vegetables in the backyard of Our Lady of Trust Catholic Academy
Planting the seeds as part of the ACE Program, Advanced Cooking Education, in the backyard at Our Lady of Trust Catholic Academy.
Students at Our Lady of Trust Catholic Academy taking part in a vegetable planting program at their school.
Students at Our Lady of Trust Catholic Academy take part in a vegetable planting program at their school.
Getting the planters ready to grow vegetables.
Students at Our Lady of Trust Catholic Academy getting their planters ready to grow vegetables as part of a healthy eating initiative.

Brooklyn and Queens Catholic School Students to Compete in Elementary Math Bee Finals




Adriana Rodriguez

John Quaglione 


Brooklyn and Queens Catholic School Students to Compete in Elementary Math Bee Finals

The Diocese of Brooklyn today is announcing the final round of the Elementary School Math Bee will take place tomorrow, Tuesday, April 30 at 4 pm, at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Academy, located at 5902-6th Avenue in the Sunset Park section of Brooklyn.

The contests will feature 18 students in grades 4 and 5 representing Catholic schools throughout Brooklyn and Queens.

Members of the media are invited to attend. To RSVP, please send an email to


Scholarships overwhelmingly benefit Latino, African-American students

Thousands more can be helped by Education Tax Credit
NY Daily News endorses, Bronx legislator articulates need in NY Post op-ed
NYC Sanitation Workers Union joins growing list of supporters

For Immediate Release: March 24, 2014
Media Contact: Bob Bellafiore,, 518-928-8471

Lower-income Latino, Black and African-American children make up the overwhelming majority of students who receive scholarships from non-profit scholarship funds, and a tremendous unmet need can be addressed if the Education Investment Tax Credit is enacted in the new state budget, according to data released today.

In addition, one of New York City’s largest municipal unions today endorsed the legislation. The Uniformed Sanitationmen’s Association (Local 831 Teamsters), representing sanitation workers in New York City, joins 32BJ/SEIU and some 20 other labor unions in supporting the Education Investment Tax Credit.

“The Education Investment Tax Credit would help the children of working families get the quality education they need to prepare for their future, regardless of the school setting that best meets their needs and values.  I stand with my colleagues in the labor movement to do the best we can for the children of working families,” said President Harry Nespoli, who also chairs the Municipal Labor Committee, an umbrella group representing 99 unions covering more than 300,000 New York City employees.

Some 78 labor unions, community groups, scholarship funds, educational organizations, Cardinal Dolan, Jewish and other faith leaders, and more have signed on to the bill (complete list at bottom). Read more »

Trust Advances Catholic Education

Thanks to the generosity of the Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Trust, various programs and initiatives which serve the mission of Catholic education within the Diocese of Brooklyn have been made possible.  Three of the programs and initiatives funded: the CTB Online Reporting System, the Performing Arts Residency Program, and Option C, have helped to make advancements in the areas of assessment, the arts, and administration.

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The 22,000: Young peace-builders use their voices and creativity to campaign for NYC’s homeless children with a concert honoring Nelson Mandela 3rd Annual Children’s Choral &Arts Festival of Peace


Rita Pihra-Majurinen
Children’s Chorus of Bay Ridge

Brooklyn, NY, January 9, 2014 — “There are more than 22,000 homeless children in New York City which is the highest number since the Great Depression, and that fact is simply unacceptable,” say the organizers of the Children’s Choral and Arts Festival for Peace, Read more »

Judge’s Generosity Helps Catholic School Students

Thanks to the continued generosity of Judge Louis Fusco and the Tri-State Italian-American Congress, 116 students enrolled in 36 Catholic elementary schools and academies within the Diocese of Brooklyn and Queens can begin the New Year rejoicing in a special gift – the gift of a scholarship to attend Catholic school.

Overall, $80,000 was awarded by the organization to the Office of the Superintendent-Catholic School Support Services to distribute in the form of scholarships to students. Awards were given to students of Italian lineage that are also in need of financial assistance. Despite the snow and ice that fell on Dec. 17, recipients and their families gathered at St. James Cathedral-Basilica, Downtown Brooklyn, for an awards ceremony with Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio. Read more »

St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Academy Remembers 9/11

On September 11, 2013, the children of St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Academy in Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn gathered outside Holy Name of Jesus Church to remember the anniversary of the devastation that occurred twelve years ago. The ceremony was held beneath a large American flag that hangs over the main entrance to the church, and each child was given a small flag to hold and wave in honor of the occasion. Passersby also joined in on the service and were given their own flags to hold. Read more »

August, 2013, School Changes

The following summary details the changes which have been implemented in Catholic elementary schools/academies within the Diocese of Brooklyn for the 2013-2014 academic year.

The Office of the Superintendent is pleased to announce that ten schools have made the transition to the academy model.  The new academies within Brooklyn are St. Anselm Catholic Academy, St. Francis Xavier Catholic Academy, St. Jerome Catholic Academy, and St. Patrick Catholic Academy.  The new academies within Queens are Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Academy, Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Academy, Sacred Heart Catholic Academy (Cambria Heights), St. Clare Catholic Academy, St. Kevin Catholic Academy, and St. Rose of Lima Catholic Academy. Read more »