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November 27, 2002


The Special Gifts Committee for the 2003 Catholic Charities Appeal, along with other community leaders, visited Saint Lucy Day School for Children with Visual Impairments in Upper Darby, Delaware County for a Day of Inspiration on Saturday, November 23, 2002. The Most Reverend Robert P. Maginnis, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia celebrated Mass and the Rev. Mr. Alvin Clay III served as Deacon. The Saint Lucy Day School Choir provided the music. After Mass, the 40 visitors toured the school and attended a reception. The Special Gifts Committee members are leaders in parishes who solicit increased participation in the Catholic Charities Appeal.

Saint Lucy Day School for Children with Visual Impairments and the other four schools for special education in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia receive approximately 80 percent of their funding from the Catholic Charities Appeal. At the time of its founding in 1955, Saint Lucy Day School revolutionized the idea of providing education for children who are blind or partially sighted without isolating them from family and the regular school system. Saint Lucy Day School is administered by the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

Editor's Note: Other Archdiocesan schools for special education are:
Archbishop Ryan School for Children with Deafness
Saint Gabriel Campus, Norwood, Delaware County
Saint George Campus, Glenolden, Delaware County
Our Lady of Confidence Day School, Willow Grove, Montgomery County
Queen of the Universe Day Center, Levittown, Bucks County
Saint Katherine Day School
Wynnewood, Montgomery County
Radnor, Delaware County

Donna Farrell
Broadcast and Media Specialist

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