Connelly Contact Winter 2022


Ogechi at mass

Ogechi Akalegbere 2021 Winner of CCHD’s Cardinal Bernardin New Leadership Award

Ogechi Akalegbere was honored as the 2021 Winner of CCHD’s Cardinal Bernardin New Leadership Award on November 16th during the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ fall general assembly in Baltimore. The award recognizes a young adult between ages 18 and 40 “who demonstrates leadership in fighting poverty and injustice in the U.S. through community-based solutions.”…

Student accepting award

Goal Seven: Future

Goal Seven: Future “You must not hide the gifts God has given, but use them in His service.” -Cornelia Connelly By Maureen Grant ’87, P’17, P’18Trustee Goal Seven of the Holy Child Mission: Future, reads “to ensure the continuation and growth of the Holy Child mission and philosophy in the school.” While I reflect on…

Group of 10 students

Goal Six: Personal Growth

Goal Six: Personal Growth “Be yourself but make that self just what Our Lord wants it to be.” -Cornelia Connelly By Julie ConnellyAssociate Director of Development & Special Assistant to the Head of School As I reflect on my eight years at Holy Child, I have witnessed Goal Six lived out by all who participate…

Group of students volunteering with Special Olympics

Goal Five: Dignity

Goal Five: Dignity “Trust the children and never let your confidence in them be easily shaken. Confidence begets confidence.” -Cornelia Connelly By Catherine Albornoz ’98Head of Mission & Campus Minister Holy Child Network’s Goal Five is Dignity – to create a learning climate based on trust and reverence for the dignity and uniqueness of each…

Students in front of US Capitol

Goal Four: Justice

Goal Four: Justice “Give me, O Lord, a love full of action.” -Cornelia Connelly By Maureen AppelHeadmistress, 1994-2014 During the 60th anniversary year of Connelly School of the Holy Child, I am reminded of the many ways the school exemplified justice, peace, and compassion in both small and large ways. Holy Child students learn early…

Two students doing a science project wearing goggles

Goal Three: Curriculum

Goal Three: Curriculum “Remember that it is not sufficient to have begun well; you must also persevere with courage and finish with resolution.” -Cornelia Connelly By Mary HopkinsAssistant Head of School 1993-2017 The first time I read The Book of the Order of Studies I was astounded by its progressiveness. This document, written in 1863…

Four students with dog

Goal Two: Community

Goal Two: Community “I’m a cosmopolitan, the whole world is my country and heaven is my home.” -Cornelia Connelly By Dale CummingsMS Campus Minister, 1996-2012 Holy Child schools live, learn, and worship as a dynamic community. As I reflect on Goal Two and how it played out in my time at Holy Child, I remember…

Students in line for communion

Goal One: Faith

Goal One: Faith “…as you step on through the muddy streets, love God with your feet; and when your hands toil; and when you teach the children, love God with his little ones.” -Cornelia Connelly By Jean PlummerUS Campus Minister, 1994-2017 Each year at Holy Child, a display of one particular crèche captivated my heart.…

60 Years of Actions Not Words

60 Years of Actions, Not Words By Sister Connie CraigSociety of the Holy Child Jesus The Sisters of the Holy Child first arrived in the northwest DC area in 1954. They came to staff Annunciation, a newly opening parish school. For many years, they worked at Annunciation with the assistance of four lay teachers, always…

Andrea Brunhart Donalty Class of 1989

Alumnae Spotlight: Andrea Brunhart Donalty ’89

Alumnae Spotlight:  Andrea Brunhart Donalty, Class of 1989  A high school apprenticeship at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR) sparked Capt. Andrea Donalty’s interest in a career in military medicine. “Working as a laboratory technician, assisting an Army psychiatrist, Army cardiologist, and a civilian exercise physiologist with their research projects was my introduction…


Dani Perraut DeWitt
Head of Development
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Suzi Montes de Oca '74
Director of Development & Alumnae Relations
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Kelly York Kelley '97
Director of Constituent Engagement

Becky Mulholland
Annual Fund Manager