Saint Bernard School Choses Ryken Award Recipient

Saint Bernard School announced its 2016 Ryken Award recipient and Xaverian Brothers Sponsored Schools (XBSS) student leaders following a prayer service on December 2nd.


Elaine Mooney, assistant to the headmaster, was presented with the Ryken Award, which is given annually on the feast of St. Francis Xavier at each of the 13 Xaverian schools. It is named for Theodore James Ryken, founder of the Xaverian Brothers.


“This is a person who truly embodies the Xaverian characteristics of humility, simplicity, compassion, trust, and zeal. There is not an ounce of negativity in Elaine Mooney,” said Headmaster Don Macrino.


“I appreciate this so much. It is a truly humbling experience,” the Lisbon resident said of her honor.


Mrs. Mooney began working at Saint Bernard in 2010 as the secretary to the middle school principal before moving to her current role as administrative assistant to the headmaster. Before coming to Saint Bernard’s, she was the school librarian at Saint Joseph School in Norwich for about 30 years.




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