Between the Lions

A CMHS Publication - September 2015

Catherine McAuley High School

Voted Maine's "Best Private School"
by readers of Down East Magazine!

From the Desk of Kathryn Woodson Barr, McAuley's Head of School...

A certain magic surrounds the first day - and even the first week - of school: the swirl of familiar faces, the introduction of new ones, the hope in beginnings and the excitement of a new year. And I believe (and readers of Down East Magazine agree!) that McAuley is the best school for young women who want to be bold, informed, compassionate leaders.

From our traditional morning assembly and prayer service - to our much-loved Welcome Breakfast - McAuley buzzes with an unmatched energy and rhythm. Our opening activities set the stage for the entire McAuley experience - one that is always met with a profound sense of care, compassion and community.

While we especially welcome our new freshmen, transfer students and returning students, we also welcome faculty and staff members and parents who are an integral part of this special community.

Let's DREAM BIG in '15-'16! Here's to another amazing year at McAuley!

Kathryn Woodson Barr
Head of School

September 1, 2015!

A reunion of friends, a prayer service AND a Welcome Breakfast. There's nothing like the first day of school at McAuley!

Special thanks to the Parent Network for another successful - and much appreciated - breakfast, and gratitude to the Class of 2015 for their generous scholarship donation and gift of picnic tables for McAuley. The tables were well-loved by students, faculty and staff during the summer months and, as you can see below, have already been put to good use this year!

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Important News!

Click on the title of each individual below for updates and reflections from our Academic Dean, Rebecca Redlon, our Athletic Director, Joseph Kilmartin, and our Admission Director, Candy Anderson-Ek.

Important Reminder!

Click on each header below to learn more about McAuley news and activities.

You're Invited to our Grandparent & Special Friends Celebration & Mass!

Please join your granddaughter or special friend for our Opening Mass and Mercy Day Celebration on Thursday, September 24 at 9:00am. Refreshments will follow. Please RSVP by September 18 to Victoria Abbott at or 797-3802 x2017.

Honoring Eric Jorgensen

The Catherine McAuley High School community was deeply saddened by the untimely loss of beloved social studies and religious studies teacher, Eric Jorgensen, in July 2015. Eric was a gentle soul and a kind and committed educator.

Contributions honoring Mr. Jorgensen can be made in his memory and will be used for tuition assistance. The Junior Class has also decided to host a series of fundraising opportunities in his memory with those funds supporting scholarships. Stay tuned for more details including possible dining out options, a bake sale and/or t-shirt sales. Please note “Jorgensen” memorial in the memo line on checks, or please contact Ginger Jones, Director of Advancement, at 797-3802 x2018 or

A Note of Thanks...

We extend our most sincere thanks to Emmy-award winning alumna, Justine Pouravelis '02, who assisted in the creation of our newest "McAuley Girl Video" (below). This amazingly-crafted piece beautifully represents the school we love. Enjoy...
McAuley Girl Video 2015

Save the Date! McAuley's Annual Open House!

Sunday, Oct. 25th, 1pm

631 Stevens Avenue

Portland, ME

Know a young lady who would thrive at McAuley? This is her chance to see the McAuley Advantage for herself!