24 Days of Giving Thanks – Day 22

AFC’s 24 Days of Giving Thanks campaign continues, highlighting success stories and individuals who are advocating for school choice across the country. It is Day 22 and we’re recognizing one of AFC Growth Fund’s supporters – Conrad N. Hilton Foundation’s Director of the Catholic Sisters Initiative, Sister Rosemarie Nassif.
We asked Sister Rosemarie a few questions about why she is passionate about education.
What aspect of your own K-12 education has made the biggest impact on your life?

When I was a senior in high school, I had the opportunity to attend a retreat.  It was there that I realized that I was called to be a Catholic sister.

What sparked your interest in education reform?

Many years ago, I had the opportunity to lead an organization in Baltimore to work with public schools that were not performing well.  The mission of the organization was to transform public education.  I applied that belief and the values I learned there to my present work for educational reform with Catholic schools.

What choice school or success story has inspired you to take action?

Unfortunately, I haven’t had the opportunity to visit any choice schools (our offices are in California, a non-choice state), but on my “to-do” list for 2017 is to do a site visit to a couple of Catholic schools that are part of the University of Notre Dame’s (a Hilton Foundation grantee) Alliance for Catholic Education in Tucson, Arizona.

What is your favorite Thanksgiving food?

My favorite Thanksgiving food is Kibbeh, which is a Lebanese meat dish made out of lamb and bulgur.  My mother always made it for the family to remind us to “give thanks” for our rich heritage.

AFC is thankful for great school choice leaders who are passionate about education. Donate to AFC today and help give every child the opportunity to attend a quality school.


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