Remembering Msgr. Arnold Gaus

Thanks to all of the BC alumni who took the time to write in and offer their condolences and share their memories of Msgr. Gaus.

“For some of us who weren’t to particularly the best math students, Fr. Gaus was demanding but he was also a patient teacher. And he brought the same energy and zeal to whatever he was doing outside the classroom as he brought to teaching. As we look back, the most important thing we all remember is that he was a good and decent person. The real benefit we all received from knowing him came from the energy, example and decency he brought to the classroom every day.”

-Bill McLucas

“Fr. Gaus and all the other priests at Bishop Carroll are to be held in great esteem. They helped to shape guys like Jimmy C., and even in times of falling away, they were there for us. I am always so grateful to all of our BC priests and nuns and will never forget how they truly cared for us. God Bless them all and Godspeed Arnie.”

-Jim Carcinella

“Throughout my life when anyone ever asked if I had a favorite or inspirational teacher, there was one name at the top of that list: Father Gaus. He was my math muse and I went on to be a software engineer thanks to him. He made math fun and interesting, I will never forget his influence.”

-Dennis Huber

“He was the most inspirational teacher I ever had. Then he went on to take over at Holy Name where we desperately needed a true man of God. He baptized my only son and lovingly helped us to bury both of our parents. He was the best.”

-Cathy Creany

“Fr. Gaus was that special one of a kind teacher to me as well. As my math mentor he encouraged, challenged and inspired me to be the best that I could be. He never accepted anything less. He had a profound influence on my technical career path.”

-Jim Cicero

“There are only 5 or 6 teachers and professors that I know left a significant and a significantly positive effect on me that has lasted a lifetime. Fr. Gaus is one of those. He was not only an outstanding—and demanding (in the right way!)—teacher, he was also a great human being. Did you know that when he found out I had no car to take my date to the prom, he pulled me aside and offered his? I accepted and was as grateful as a teenager could be.”

-Jim Voytko

A New Beginning on Husky Hill

Three crosses stood at the entrance to Bishop Carroll for more than 60 years, serving as a physical representation of our Catholic identity. Two years ago, the crosses had to be removed for safety reasons. The wood had deteriorated beyond repair.

Thanks to the help of a wonderful team of volunteers, new crosses have been constructed and raised in their place!

Watch a slideshow of volunteers working on the new crosses!

This was a huge team effort led by Rick Yahner—thank you to Rick and the Yahner family.  Many others contributed to this project:

  • Crane donated by Moonlight Mechanics owned by Darin Bobby and Garrett Maslonick. They are friends of Rick’s and he arranged for the crane donation.
  • Ed Mauer donated his time to bring the crane on site and operate the crane.
  • Hilyer’s Hardware of Patton donated the bags of Quickcrete concrete mix that were dumped in the holes around the poles.
  • Westrick Supply Center of Carrolltown donated the long galvanized bolts and nuts for installation of the cross arms.
  • Dolges Electric of St. Benedict sold the poles at cost to the school.
  • Rick and Julie Yahner, Greg and Lynn Weber, and Don and Lorie Ratchford donated towards the cost of poles.
  • We also want to thank Brian Holley, Bob Strittmatter, Ben and Gabe Yahner, Jerry McMullen and Lorie Ratchford for their help in the project.

Special thanks again to Rick Yahner who not only arranged for all of the above, but also brought his equipment- lowboy, skid steer, auger for the drilling of the holes, bucket truck, etc. THANK YOU!

As these crosses stand strong in the Ebensburg skyline, they demonstrate that Bishop Carroll remains forever strong in its faith.

Recognizing Our Dedicated Teachers: A note from our CEO

The statewide school shutdown created an urgent need to transition our entire curriculum to a remote platform. While Bishop Carroll was approved for flexible learning days in order to provide online instruction for weather cancellations, going entirely remote for an extended period of time was a tremendous challenge. Naturally, our teachers, and students, rose to the occasion.

See a special thank you video for teachers made by students!

With every new obstacle, our teachers find a way. Class discussion has moved online. One-on-one support continues. Science labs are recorded and shared. In addition to innovation and professionalism, our faculty has demonstrated its exceptional commitment to our students.

On behalf of our board of trustees, administrators, students and families, THANK YOU. We are blessed and grateful to have you as our teachers.

Sincerely,

Lynn Weber, CEO

Your Generosity Supports Families Facing Financial Strain

At a time when we should be celebrating spring fundraising events with our BC family, we are faced with how to replace much-needed revenue in order to provide additional financial aid for families facing new hardships.

The Carrollian Gala and Spring Craft and Vendor Fair typically provide about $70,000 for Bishop Carroll’s budget. With these events postponed, we are facing a revenue shortfall when we need it most: families are facing unemployment and declines or closures of their personal businesses, creating urgent financial strain.

If you are able, please consider a tax-deductible gift to Bishop Carroll to help provide financial aid to struggling families and to assure that we can continue to support our faculty and staff. We are grateful for your support now, when we need it most, and always. Remember that, if you are able, business owners and individuals can also support Bishop Carroll through Pennsylvania’s EITC program, which allows you to earn tax credits when you donate your state taxes to BC. Read more about it here

We continue to keep all of our alumni, friends and families in our prayers, and pray for an end to this current crisis.