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Chatham St. Patrick School 7th Grader Awarded 2017 Agnes Lunetta Faith Scholarship

Pictured is Keira with her parents, Paul and Kimberly Sheehan, Mrs. Lunetta’s children, Susan, Patricia and Lawrence, Principal Christine Ross, Father Bob Mitchell and Deacon Joe Wisneski. Credits: St. Patrick School

The Agnes Lunetta Faith Scholarship award is presented annually to a seventh-grade student as a $1,000 scholarship toward their eighth-grade tuition at St. Patrick School. This year’s recipient, Keira Sheehan, wrote a moving essay dealing with her own personal struggles with faith and how she was inspired by Mary the Virgin Mother, who gave her hope and inspiration.

Mrs. Agnes Lunetta’s daughter, Patricia Van Arsdalen, presented Keira with the scholarship plaque and expressed that she had been deeply moved by the essay’s depth and insight. Along with winning the scholarship, Keira’s name will be inscribed on the plaque outside the School Office alongside with other winners from previous years.

On January 20 the St. Patrick School community gathered for their annual Mass to honor Saint Agnes, a 12-year-old girl who was martyred for her faith. The day also marked the birthday of Mrs. Agnes Lunetta, a resident of Chatham and a devoted member of St. Patrick’s parish for over 60 years. Mrs. Lunetta’s faith journey included much personal suffering much like that of her name sake, St. Agnes. Mrs. Lunetta inspired her family, and all that knew her through her passion for and devotion to her Catholic faith and commitment to Catholic education.

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Mrs. Lunetta’s adult children Patricia, Susan and Lawrence established the annual Agnes Lunetta Faith Scholarship to honor their mother. The scholarship aims to inspire the next generation of St. Patrick School students to grow in their own faith journeys.

Saint Patrick School welcomes students of every religious belief, race and ethnic origin. Combining deep-rooted traditions and current best practices, we are dedicated to providing students with the tools necessary to be successful in the 21st century. The school seeks to produce individuals who are responsible, life-long learners, effective communicators and problem solvers. Our students learn to cherish their faith and become active, contributing adults.


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