Thank You For Your Prayers & and Your Support

From early in the shut-down to today, BC alumni and friends have stepped up to offer their support. From phone calls and emails to recent responses to our latest letter, so many of you expressed compassion and care for the state of our school.

The greatest asset of Bishop Carroll is the BC family. Together, time and again, we have come together to show how much it means to us to have a strong Catholic high school available to local students. Thank you to everyone who has contributed and offered their prayers for BC to continue to thrive during this uncertain time.

We look forward to acknowledging all of you later this year on our annual Honor Roll of Donors. If you would like to make a gift before the end of the fiscal year on June 30, you can make a secure online donation on our website.

Thank you and have a fun, safe summer.

Online Auction Almost Here

We hope you will join us and bid on these great prizes to help our school when the auction is live from June 20-26. Stay tuned for the auction link. If you would like to make a last-minute donation, please email Mr. Nagy at or Mrs. McCann at

Like all schools, BC is facing revenue loss from fundraising events. We are excited to offer this opportunity for alumni and friends from near and far to show their support for our students and faculty!

Celebrating the Class of 2020

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A formal graduation ceremony is currently planned for the Class of 2020 on July 13 at Holy Name Church. The structure and attendance for the event will be based on COVID-19 guidelines and determined closer to the date. Details will be communicated to seniors and their families.

Congratulations to the 2019-2020 Valedictorian Mara Yahner, and Salutatorian, Sara Muriceak! Mara and Sara exemplify the excellence of our entire senior class!

Valedictorian Mara Yahner
Salutatorian Sara Muriceak

Post-graduation plans

As of the end of the school year, 88% of the class of 2020 will move on to post-secondary education, 4% have chosen military service and 6% will directly begin employment.

Dual enrollment stats

The Class of 2020 earned a total of 485 dual enrollment credits, with 75% of seniors enrolled in at least one dual enrollment course. Credits were earned through Mount Aloysius, Saint Francis University and Carlow University.

Congratulations to our 2020 graduates! We know you will do great things and make a difference!

Summarizing Tax Law Changes related to the CARES Act

Greetings to parents, students, family, and friends of Bishop Carroll High School. These are very trying times and I hope this finds everyone healthy and safe. We are in the midst of a global pandemic and it has taken its toll on everyone in some form or another. Students, teachers, parents, clergy, grandparents, employees, and friends have all been impacted.

In an effort to combat the consequential financial strain of this pandemic on working families, the Americans the Coronavirus Aid Relief & Economic Security Act (CARES Act) was passed to aid everyone in this time of need. There is a lot of substance to these new tax law changes, which can be very confusing, but I will briefly summarize some of the pertinent points in an effort to provide clarity to the grandparents of students, friends, and or anyone affiliated with Bishop Carroll High School.

First, before the pandemic, the rule for taking or withdrawing the required minimum distributions “RMD” from individual retirement accounts (IRA) recently changed. In 2019, the

Retirement Enhancement Act (Secure Act) was signed into law for the purpose of helping Americans save for a more secure retirement. One of the benefits of this act was it gave more

leeway to taxpayers who were reaching the age where the distribution from their retirement accounts were applicable. Pre the Secure Act, taxpayers had to take their distribution each year beginning at age 70 ½ from their IRA accounts. However, this new act changed rule to age 72 for taxpayers who turned 70 in calendar year 2020. But unforeseen to no one, the pandemic spiraled out of control and the CARES Act was signed into law to relieve the unexpected associated financial stress. In essence, RMDs from IRA accounts have been completely waived for calendar year 2020 to resume accordingly in 2021. This means you will not have to withdraw any money from your IRA accounts in 2020. As most of us know, the problem at the time was that the majority of IRA accounts had substantially lost value. This law buys time for IRA accounts to recover their value which buys taxpayers more time before they have to withdraw more funds from the account. The suspension is also in effect for inherited beneficiary IRA accounts and the five year “Stretch IRA” RMDs suspended as well. So if you inherited an IRA account form a family member or friend, you don’t have to take any money out this year. We are in the month of May, so it is possible some taxpayers have already taken their RMD. Not to worry, under certain circumstances and if the requirements have been met these taxpayers can rollover or redeposit the previously withdrawn RMD.

Equally as important, the rules for qualified charitable distributions or “QCDs” has not changed. Taxpayers can still exclude the donated amount from their taxable income for tax year 2020 of up to $100k. As an example, if a retiree is making $50,000 per year from social security, a pension, investment income, etc., and takes a $5,000 RMD from a traditional IRA, their adjusted gross income would automatically be increased to $55,000. However, unfamiliar to many taxpayers, people who donate their distribution can completely exclude these funds from the donor’s adjusted gross income. This deduction applies to taxpayers who take both the standard and itemized deductions and can substantially help the donor and charity/not-for-profit organization. This can greatly help the taxpayer in their philanthropic planning efforts while at the same time benefit organizations in need. This QCD is not available for entity beneficiary IRAs (estate, charity or trusts).

Further, for business owners of all sizes, the Act provides significant relief to participants in corporate sponsored 401(k) and not-for-profit 403(b) plans. New guidelines applicable to participant loans, distributions, RMDs, and retirement related reporting deadlines have been implemented so the plan sponsors can take advantage of these procedures in an effort to help the participants. This can substantially benefit both the employee and the employer.

The best advice I can give is to speak with a qualified tax advisor in conjunction with your investment and or financial advisor. In regard to qualified retirement plans, plan sponsors should seek out the advice of a qualified retirement plan consultant and or third party administrator. We will pull through this hard time but there are tax and investment resources available for which you can use.

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The Latest Bishop Carroll News is Here

We hope you enjoy this issue of the Bishop Carroll News, which features student and alumni news. Please note that many of the articles were completed before the COVID-19 pandemic began and includes articles on fundraising opportunities like the capital campaign. While we are currently focused on raising funds for financial aid for 2020-21, our facilities are critical and we will eventually return to this project as a priority.

Enjoy this issue of Bishop Carroll News and pass it on to family and friends who may not receive this email.

Online Auction Coming June 20-26 to Benefit Students

Support for students is important in the 2020-21 school year as we face lost donations from postponing several large events. Here’s a way you can help make sure BC starts fall 2020 strong.

With all the wonderful items donated to this year’s gala—and more items that you can donate now—BC will hold an online auction June 20-26. How you can help:

1-Donate items for auction! We are seeking donations of:

· Themed gift baskets, such as: spa/pampering (cosmetics and bath/beauty items), travel necessities (brand name bags, purses, wallets and accessories), at-home movie night (popcorn, snacks, blankets), outdoor fun for kids (sidewalk chalk, water toys, jump ropes, balls/bats/racquets), and picnic provisions (s’mores fixings, hot dog skewers, condiments, plates/napkins/cups/cutlery, table cloth).

· Small appliances for making fun foods or beverages at home, such as: a popcorn machine, bread maker, waffle iron, ice cream maker, coffee/espresso machine, smoothie blender, etc.

· Technology items like a tablet, e-reader, fitness tracker, etc.

· Gift cards for local restaurants, retail and grocery stores.

Items can be delivered directly to Bishop Carroll or dropped off before June 10. Please call the office at 472-7500 to set up your drop off time.

2-Plan to bid on items online on June 20-26! More details will be forthcoming via Facebook and email.

Many wonderful items are already here and ready for bid, including admission passes to amusement parks and museums, scholarships to Duquesne and Mount Aloysius, gift cards, hotel stays, cool technology and appliances, handmade items, and more.

Get your donation in by June 10, and set your calendar for June 20-26 to start bidding. Let’s show our students the power of the BC family!

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.


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.