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Mount St. Joseph football

Tucker Peterson
RUTLAND-- Based on an increase in enrollment, Mount St. Joseph Academy in Rutland will reinstate varsity football, ending the cooperative with Poultney after two years. The Vermont Principals Association has officially granted MSJ release from the cooperative, as the agreement, which was set in place for two years, has now expired. MSJ now awaits a Division III football schedule from the Vermont Interscholastic Football League.
Tucker Peterson has been chosen to lead the Mountie football program. A graduate of Mill River Union High School in Clarendon, he enjoyed an impressive collegiate career at the University of New Hampshire from 2002 until 2007. An outstanding offensive lineman for the Wildcats, he was elected team captain in 2006 and received numerous honors.
Peterson’s coaching experiences include serving as an offensive line coach, offensive coordinator and head coach at the high school or collegiate level.
Joining Peterson on the MSJ football staff are his father, Art Peterson, who is credited with inaugurating the football program at Mill River; Dan Charron, a graduate of MSJ (‘85) who played his college ball at the University of Massachusetts; Phil Hall, assistant principal at MSJ and former head football coach; and Ethan Zorzi, a former player and assistant at Castleton University, who will enter his fourth year as a member of the Mountie football staff.
Mount St. Joseph Academy is a college preparatory Catholic high school located at 127 Convent Ave. in Rutland, specializing in educating the mind and spirit for more than a century. 
For more information, visit msjvermont.org or call 802-775-0151.

Array of Hope Concert

BRATTLEBORO—On March 3, The Array of Hope Concert for grades 7-12 will take place St. Michael School, 48 Walnut St. 

The Array of Hope Concert is a faith-filled concert experience, and the whole family is invited for this vocation night with Father Jon Schnobrich and Burlington Bishop Christopher Coyne.
The concert will begin at 1 p.m., and Mass will be celebrated at 4 p.m. followed by dinner. The evening will end at 7 p.m.
The suggested donation is $10 per youth or $20 per family.
For more information, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 802-658-6110, ext. 1130.

Mass of Thanksgiving

LUDLOW—Father Lance Harlow, rector of St. Joseph Co-Cathedral and Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Burlington, will celebrate Mass as part of his Masses of Thanksgiving in honor of his Silver Jubilee of Priestly Ordination on Feb. 13 at 5:30 p.m. at Church of the Annunciation. Everyone is invited.

Wintertastic Celebration and Auction

BENNINGTON—The Wintertastic Celebration and Auction will take place Saturday, March 3, beginning at 6 p.m. with the preview and auction at 7 at Mount Anthony Country Club. This is a benefit for the educational programs at The School of Sacred Heart St. Francis de Sales. Buy a table of eight for $225; individual tickets are $30.
To donate or purchase seats or a table contact Kathy Murphy at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For more information, call 802-442-2446.

College of St. Joseph Traumatology Institute

RUTLAND—In response to a growing need for trauma services and advanced practitioner training, College of St. Joseph has launched a new certification program designed specifically for professionals who deal with trauma and its emotional impact. Housed within the Division of Psychology and Human Services, the CSJ Traumatology Institute was established to provide advanced education, training, research and humanitarian aid and is geared toward emergency responders, medical and mental health professionals and others who work with trauma victims.
CSJTI has received full accreditation from the Green Cross Academy of Traumatology and becomes the only program in Vermont and the surrounding area offering certification for this emerging field of study.
Dr. Robert Walsh, associate professor in the college’s Division of Psychology and Human Services, is a certified clinical traumatologist and has been leading the formation and development of the new program.  
“Often, those who work with trauma survivors become so overwhelmed with their exposure to another’s pain that it results in distress and a decreased ability to function, both professionally and personally,” he said. “Certified traumatologists help assist these individuals in recovering feelings of confidence, competence and resiliency at work. The overall focus is not so much the problem of trauma itself but the resiliency of health and wellness in the face of trauma.”
The CSJ Traumatology Institute also will explore the long- and short-term effects of trauma through research and will pursue effective therapeutic interventions in response to traumatic situations and events. As part of the institute there will be the creation of an ongoing humanitarian response team capable of deploying in times of significant disaster or crisis.
“The opening of College of St. Joseph’s Traumatology Institute represents our ongoing commitment to provide relevant, career-focused education and training to our students and to the greater community we serve,” Walsh said. “This program will yield an enhanced ability to provide trauma-informed and trauma-specific clinical services, counseling, support and supervision for those in need. In addition, we will be looking forward to developing opportunities for community outreach, internships and humanitarian aid when necessary and to engage in scientific inquiry and research projects leading to continued improvements within the traumatology field.”
College of St. Joseph has partnered with the Green Cross Academy of Traumatology to offer four separate levels of certification: Compassion Fatigue Educator, Compassion Fatigue Therapist, Field Traumatologist and Certified (Clinical) Traumatologist. The Green Cross Academy of Traumatology is a national and international humanitarian assistance organization established in 1997 for the purpose of establishing and maintaining professionalism and high standards in the care of trauma victims and responders throughout the world. The GCAT also coordinates disaster deployments worldwide.
Classes for the new certification program began in January with enrollment for the first session filled.
For more information about the CSJ Traumatology Program, visit csj.edu/trauma.

Movie night

BRATTLEBORO—There will be a Movie Night at St. Michael Parish featuring “Bernadette.” It will take place in the youth center on Friday, Feb. 9, at 6:30 p.m. Popcorn, snacks and drinks will be provided.

Baby shower

MANCHESTER CENTER--The Annual Christ our Savior Parish Baby Shower, sponsored by the Catholic Daughters to benefit local area pregnancy centers, will take place on the weekend of Feb. 10-11. Baskets for the gifts will be at the entrances of the church. Diapers (especially larger sizes 3 and 4 for toddlers) baby bottles, onesies (size newborn to 18 months) and newborn sleepers for girls are needed and appreciated at this time. Items do not need to be wrapped.

Valentines Senior Dinner

BELLOWS FALLS—There will be a Valentines Senior Dinner on Sunday,
Feb. 11, at the Sacred Heart/St. Charles Social Center for parishioners ages 60 and older and their guest. This dinner will take place after the 10 a.m. Mass at St. Charles Church.

Harris Hill Ski Jump fundraising

BRATTLEBORO—On Feb. 16, 17 and 18 St. Brigid’s Kitchen and Pantry will participate in the Harris Hill Ski Jump event serving mac and cheese made with Grafton cheese. Please patronize this fundraiser.
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