2018 Paraclete Annual Reception

Please join State Auditor Bump, Mayor Martin J. Walsh and City Councilor Flynn as Paraclete honors the Honorable Stephen Lynch and Mrs. Margaret Lynch for their dedication to our community on Tuesday, April 3, 2018. It will be held at the Boston College High School rotunda from 6:30 to 8:30.

The Lynches will be receiving Paraclete’s Founders Award for their unwavering support for education and youth in our community. The Paraclete Founders’ award is given in honor of Sister Ann Fox and Barry T. Hynes, Paraclete Co-Founders.

The Founders award is given annually to an individual who exemplifies the spirit of the Paraclete –“called to one’s side” – an individual who gives of oneself to advocate for and help another. Our Founders’ legacy and the lasting contributions they made toward protecting society’s most vulnerable children and families will be recognized along with your contributions.  The event will include a cocktail reception and a very brief speaking program, including the presentation of the Paraclete Founders’ Award.

We also welcome sponsorships, please see below for more details:

 


2017 Paraclete Annual Reception: Honoring Dan Lynch

Please join Congressman Lynch, Auditor Bump and Mayor Walsh as Paraclete honors Daniel Lynch for his dedication to our community on Wednesday, March 1, 2017. It will be held at the Boston College High School rotunda from 6:30 to 8:30.

Lynch will be receiving Paraclete’s Founders Award for his unwavering support for education and youth in our community. The Paraclete Founders’ award is given in honor of Sister Ann Fox and Barry T. Hynes, Paraclete Co-Founders.

The Founders award is given annually to an individual who exemplifies the spirit of the Paraclete –“called to one’s side” – an individual who gives of oneself to advocate for and help another. Our Founders’ legacy and the lasting contributions they made toward protecting society’s most vulnerable children and families will be recognized along with your contributions.  The event will include a cocktail reception and a very brief speaking program, including the presentation of the Paraclete Founders’ Award.

We also welcome sponsorships, please see below for more details:




Comedy for a Cause- One Woman Show

Join us for a night of entertainment on the water to support Paraclete’s Summer Program!

Enjoy wine tasting at the Boston Winery and a three-course meal in Venezia’s beautiful waterfront banquet room, followed by American Comedy Award nominee Patty Ross. Comedy starts at 8:00pm.

Patty Ross makes her triumphant return to Paraclete Comedy with a new one-woman show, “It’ll Be Fine!”, delivering her warm yet biting takes on love, mothers, husbands, children, and other indignities of life. Perceptive, knowing, all-too-familiar, her observations are both moving and deeply hilarious.

But don’t take our word for it. Listen to Dick Cavett:  “Patty Ross is, for me, everything a top-flight comic should be. Funny, of course. But Patty is sharply intelligent, physically funny, obviously a shrewd creator of material and, onstage, an artist. Her performing skills range from hilarious to warmly touching. I laughed until I hurt the first time I saw her in person. They say you can’t have it all. Patty Ross does.”

This perfect “Girls Night Out” event will fill the room with laughter in July, right when you need a glass of wine among friends.

Proceeds will support this year’s Summer Program, themed Back in Time. Students in grades 4th-8th practice math an reading in the morning and visit one of Boston’s historic sites every day. Your contributions make these field trips possible and allow our students to learn outside the classroom.

 


Educating the Rich and Poor Together: The Story of the Maranyundo Girls School

Posted by Sister Ann Fox

As we struggle in our schools with issues of racism, economic disparity, and achievement gaps, we would not think that African schools would have much to offer us. We often dismiss them as places where students simply learn facts and then “regurgitate” them for tests. However, if we look deeper into some of the characteristics of African schools we might find some practices that could positively challenge our educational methods.

The following description from Rwanda is an excellent starting point. I am grateful to our friend, Sr. Juvenal , for allowing me to reconstruct her extemporaneous speech here. Sister, a member of the Benebikira Congregation, is known to many in South Boston as she  stayed with us at the Paraclete while doing graduate studies.

For those of you fortunate to hear her at the Segal Foundation Conference in Nairobi, Kenya, you will note there are additional points left out of her original speech because of time constraints.

 

Based on a speech given at the Segal Foundation Conference, April 6, 2015 in Nairobi, Kenya by Sr. Marie. Juvenal Mukanurama, Head of the Maranyundo Girls School in Nyamata, Rwanda.

 

Thank you for the opportunity to speak to all of you. Today, I would like to share with you the story of how we educate the poor and the rich students together at the Maranyundo Girls School in Rwanda.

The very first thing we must do is to show the poor girls from the rural areas that we know they can do as well as the girls from the city. We show them that they will not be treated any different from others and that we expect the same from all girls, no matter what their background.

There are many customs or practices in schools administered by the Benebikira sisters that we have found to be effective in helping to create a school community where there are no divisions due to background.

For Instance, when the girls first arrive we inspect each piece of luggage. For some girls we add what is missing, such as soap or toothpaste; for other girls we give back to their families items that are not needed, such as jewelry. We believe uniforms are important because no one will be able to tell from their appearance who comes from a family of wealth or from poverty. Each girl receives her set of clothes, puts on her uniform and enters the school campus where she is greeted by her “mother.” Let me explain.

The night before the arrival of new students, we have a bowl with slips of paper with each of the new student’s names. Girls from the class above pick a name from the bowl and that student becomes her daughter.   As mother she takes responsibility for orientation of her daughter on every aspect of school life. A girl from the rural area may need to be shown how to use a shower; a girl from the city might have to learn how to wash her clothes in a bucket. They are assigned to the same bunk bed and of course there is a grandmother who also has a bed near them. They become family.

Another thing we do is keep information on who receives financial help private. Only the head of school and the buser know this information.

In our culture, meal time is when we socialize and share.   We assign students to tables of ten and change the assignments at least once during the year so that the girls have an opportunity to get to know their classmates. For us, an important characteristic of an educated person is the ability to make friends and socialize with people from all types of background. Our meal time provides this opportunity.

On our monthly visiting day, some families come by car, some by foot. We do not allow them to bring special treats for their daughters.  They share snacks and tonics provided by the school. For those who have the means and want to contribute, they may leave money in a special basket. At the end of the visiting day, the girls count what is there and decide what kind of treat they will buy for all the students.

I would like to close my remarks by telling you that although when our poor girls from rural schools first come they do have a difficult time with school work, but by the end of the first year they are competent, and by the time of graduation they are among our very best performing students.



Paul McDevitt Bio

Paul McDevitt believes that, since we go through life only once, we should do all we can to follow the advice of Jesus to love ourselves and others and our Creator. To advance this philosophy, he steps beyond the services offered by Modern Assistance Programs, Inc. to deeply engage with a troubled world.

For more than four decades, he has worked in soup kitchens, visited the imprisoned, worked for criminal justice reform, and supported immigration projects. He has helped guide and sustain food banks, substance abuse recovery homes, inner city youth projects, education enrichment programs and homeless shelters. He has been a valued voice of wisdom for many Boston-area nonprofit organizations.

Still, despite his many leadership responsibilities, Paul has never declined to assist the many individuals who seek his guidance.

Paul is a graduate of Boston College High School and Boston College. He holds a master’s degree in education from University of Massachusetts Boston.

A Dorchester native, Paul and his wife Massachusetts Auditor Suzanne Bump live in South Boston and the Western Massachusetts town of Housatonic.


This Old House – Tracing the Steps from Convent to Paraclete

In 2004 when we faced the possibility that our wonderful old St. Augustine’s convent would be sold for condominiums, we realized how important buildings are in the life of children and a community.  Originally the building housed over 30 Notre Dame Nuns who taught the 1,000 students who attended school next door.  As the numbers diminished in both the school and the convent, the Nuns decided in 1996 to give the building back to the parish with the hope it would continue the education mission for which it was constructed.  Continue Reading



Venezia on The Water

Join us for dinner and a night of laughter with the incredible Patty Ross at Venezia on the water,  with an exclusive pre-event starting at 6 p.m.

  • $50 – A three course dinner, an incredible show with Patty and two of her comedic colleagues,and a contribution to the Paraclete’s summer academy, including this year’s “Passport to the World” aboard the historic schooner Roseway.
  • $30 – A pre-event at The Boston Winery from 6-6:50, including a tour, a tasting of several wines, and owner Ralph Bruno’s famous artisinal pizza, made while you watch. A great way to unwind after a long week, or to get ready for a night of comedy and great food–all for a wonderful cause.
  • $75 – Join us for the pre-event, dinner and the show!
  • $1000 – A Sponsor table of 10 for dinner and the show, the pre-event, and a bottle of wine from the Boston Winery with a custom label, signed by Patty Ross.

2013 Comedy at the Convent

Comedy at the Convent will take place tonight as scheduled! Come out and spend a great evening with laughter, food, and drinks. Parking is available at the Iron Workers Union on 195 Old Colony Ave. It is plowed and ready!

Join Patty Ross and her fellow comedians for a great night of laughter, local food and complimentary beverages.  Advanced tickets are $50 and $75 at the door.

Join Patty Ross and a host of well known Boston Comedians

Join Patty Ross and a host of well known Boston Comedians


2012 Paraclete Annual Reception: Called To Our Side

Thanks to our Honorary Chairs Governor and Mrs. Patrick and Mayor and Mrs. Menino.  We are also thankful to Jack Hobbs and Tom Gunning for their leadership in serving as event Co-Chairs of this annual Paraclete Reception.  The evening honored Sister Ann Fox for her devotion to children everywhere.  Thanks to all our supporters for making the event a success and for your willingness to support the efforts of our Paraclete Academy.


Field Trip to Harvard’s Museum of Natural History

The field trip I went to was awesome because at the Museum of Natural History there was a lot of history.  My favorite part was when we went on a scavenger hunt. We had to look and see very very closely and see which paw matched the animal on the paper.  The field trip   was so much better than staying home on a Saturday doing nothing but watching TV all day.

If you were there you would know how amazing it was.

My Father Richard Stringer came and chaperoned the trip and he thought the history there was amazing once we got upstairs and explored everything!

I CAN’T WAIT FOR THE NEXT FIELD TRIP!

Beyonce fifth Grade


Dance/Movement at the Paraclete

A new program to the Paraclete, the group focus is to create a safe and creative space where the children can learn and explore through dance and movement.  Led by Stefani Danahy, a graduate student in Lesley University’s Dance Movement Therapy masters program, the goal is to give the students a sense of belonging.  The group is a space where the children will learn to express themselves through movement. Throughout the year, the children will be taught the dances of the various cultures within Paraclete Academy.  The hope is that they will gain a better understanding of our differences and connections in movement.  It is amazing to see the similarities each culture has when we look at them through the lens of dance and movement.  It is a language that everyone of us speaks.


Comedy at the Convent 2012

Thanks to  Patty Ross and  her fellow comedians for a great night of laughter, to our local food and beverage businesses for a great buffet,  and to all those who contributed to our silent auction. See you next year.

 


Hunger Games Movie Review

By Stanley Aneke

Last Friday, students from the Paraclete went to go see the movie The Hunger Games. You had to have good behavior and you had to read the book, and you had to attend the Paraclete regularly. The movie was well organized and baffled my mind.

The Hunger Games was really sad, it almost made Ms. Lucero cry. The actors and the actresses acted the movie out really well. Did you think the book was better than the movie? Think about that question. Ask Stanley, Ms. Lucero, Ms. K what you think.

My favorite character were Rue, Katniss and Peeta.  The best part was when Katniss and Peeta won The Hunger Games. I was so happy and amazed about what happened. The part that I disliked was when Katniss just forgot about Gale. I personally thought Gale won Katniss’s Heart.

Marian and Crystal liked the movie. Did you? The movie had a lot of feeling and action in it. What would you grade the movies overall percentage? For me it was a 95%. What about you?


Paraclete Gossip Column

Paraclete student Crystal Aneke has started a gossip column for the Paraclete Chronicle called “Gossip Girl.” Her first column revolves around the budding romance between two of the dogs at the Paraclete: Scout (a young English Pointer) and Boo (a black Labrador Retriever many years his senior). Check out the details below.

Boo and Scout in love? Find out now on the latest addition to part one of Gossip Girl featuring your host, Crystal Aneke.

So today I saw the cutest thing ever! Guess what? So are you ready? OK, so I saw Boo and Scout sharing a bone, then later that day I also noticed Boo and Scout awfully close. The craziest thing of all, Boo denied Ms. Lucero giving her food! Can you believe that? Boo never denies food from Ms. Lucero. NEVER!

So I saw Boo and Scout sharing a bone today on the stairs! That’s how I knew it was a official. Scout stared at Boo’s brown eyes. Boo then gracefully slept on Scout’s arm. “Awwwwwww,” I screamed. “Drama bomb!” So you didn’t hear it from me! Boo and Scout are so getting married. Just look at them.

Stay tuned for the next episode of Gossip Girl!

P.S. Casey is asking people who they think is the best looking celebrity.


Hunger Games Movie Review #2

By Marian Cruz

Last Friday, the Paraclete went to go see The Hunger Games with the 16 students that were chosen to go. Watching was incredibly exciting and everybody’s anticipation was growing. In my opinion, I believe the movie was great and showed a lot of feelings that I myself would feel if I had to fight to the death with only one person surviving. One thing that I would do to make it better is to add more mystery between the characters and more foreshadowing.

Marian asked some Paraclete students who also went to the film for their opinions:

Stanley Aneke: The Hunger Games had a lot of action and it was really sad but very entertaining.

Casey Mulligan: It was awesome. I think the book was better though.

Crystal Aneke: It was sad and made me cry. It showed a lot of emotion and I just felt as if I was in the movie. It was great.


A Great Evening Honoring Mrs. Menino

Thanks to all our Sponsors and Friends  who made the event  such a success Mrs. Menino has been a friend and supporter of the Paraclete Academy since it started in 1997.  More importantly, she is a lifelong advocate for the children of Boston.  We were honored to recognize her and her work at our annual reception at Boston College High School on November 9th.   Check out the pictures on our facebook.