Why My Children Attend Good Shepherd Catholic School
By Christopher Fencel, Class of 1980
My wife, Francine, and I both attended Catholic schools from elementary through college. I am an alumni of Good Shepherd (’80), Trinity High School (’84) and Catholic University of America (’89). When we moved to the Camp Hill area seven years ago, it was obvious to us that we would want our children to attend a Catholic school, too. For me, there was no other choice but Good Shepherd.
Looking back, I truly enjoyed my years at Good Shepherd Catholic School. I received a quality, elementary education. I remember being taught by some very special teachers including Mrs. Sorensen and Mrs. Lopiano. I formed several life-long friendships. Most importantly, Good Shepherd Catholic School was instrumental in the formation of my Catholic faith that continues to guide me today.
Francine and I have 4 children who have attended or are attending Good Shepherd: Christopher, Timmy, Matthew (6th grade), and Kathleen (3rd grade). There are certainly educational alternatives available in our area including competing private schools and the choice between public and private schools is not always easy. But when I see the children off to school in the morning, dressed in their uniforms, I know we made the right decision. The uniforms have been a long standing tradition at Good Shepherd and constantly remind me of the finer qualities that the school offers – a united student body, disciplined and respectful, conducting themselves in a responsible and obedient manner.
While uniforms conjure up a fond remembrance of my time at Good Shepherd Catholic School, the present day facilities indicate the commitment the parish has made over the years to a standard of educational excellence. The 2007/2008 school year ushered in a new era for Good Shepherd Catholic School as we welcomed a state of the art, two-story facility complete with computer and science labs, dedicated music and art rooms, a library and a gymnasium. In the new school environment, our 4 children continued to experience those same Catholic teachings while receiving a solid, well-rounded education. I know they are creating memories of themselves of their time at Good Shepherd and will reminisce in years to come about the school, their favorite teachers and other extracurricular activities just as my brothers and sister do today. As parents, we are so please that the school continues its strong tradition of a faith based education promoting Catholic values, celebrating the Sacraments and fostering the spirituality of the youth of our community and that the many traditions that had made Good Shepherd so memorable live on.