Fifth Grader Omodele Ojo Greets Pope Francis

Student Greets Pope Francis
Omodele Ojo, second from left on the lower step, had the honor of meeting Pope Francis at John F. Kennedy Airport.

From The Tablet:

Five students from the Diocese of Brooklyn and Queens were selected for a once-in-a-lifetime chance to greet Pope Francis after his landing at the John F. Kennedy Airport on Thursday, Sept. 24.

The children were selected through the offices of the Superintendent of Catholic Schools and the Vicar of Development to show the diversity of cultures in the diocese. …

“(Pope Francis) is special to me because he teaches other people, including me, about God,” said Omodele Ojo, a fifth grader at Salve Regina Catholic Academy, East New York. “I’m very excited.”

Her mother Ranti Ojo said to see the pope personally was a gift.

Like most students chosen to greet the pope, Omodele had one simple message for Pope Francis. “I want to tell him, ‘Welcome to New York and have a good time.’” Read the Complete Article

NY Daily News: High Quality Education in a Loving Environment

Salve Regina Catholic Academy, a coeducational Catholic grammar school in East New York established in September 2011, places nursery school through eighth-grade students. With the guidance of the Lord, the school has blossomed and grown into a strong community of students, educators and active, involved parents.

Salve Regina is one of the largest schools in the Diocese of Brooklyn with around 600 students. Its main focus is providing a Catholic, faith-based education to as many students as it can, regardless of their ability to pay, in an effort to afford parents, who want their child to have a Catholic education, the opportunity to provide one says Principal Roxanna Elder. Read the Complete Article

Salve Regina Catholic Academy’s Origin

In October of 2011, The Tablet told the story of the formation of Salve Regina Catholic Academy:

“Born of economic necessity and declining enrollments, Salve Regina Catholic Academy opened in East New York this fall.

One month into the new school year, the academy already features the largest enrollment of any diocesan elementary school and Principal William Geasor believes the move to an academy model will ensure Catholic education thrives in this low-income community well into the future.” Read the Complete Article