BACONFEST is Sept. 29 benefiting RCS

5-time BaconFest winner RCS Chef Peter Radjou, and daughter Cathy Radjou, have taken over the competition and are partnering with Roanoke Catholic to present this year’s event! Baconfest 2018 will be our biggest and best year yet! We’re serving up bacon-inspired dishes for our sixth year in a row to thousands of hungry bacon fans … from bacon-wrapped pork belly and bacon hot sauces to bacon tacos, bacon cupcakes, even bacon icecream!

Sept. 29, 10 am to 4 pm
Elmwood Park

Proceeds to benefit Roanoke Catholic School. We need 40 RCS volunteers throughout the day: 20 from 8-12:30, 20 from 12:30-5.

Music by Uptown! • Beer and wine sales • Kids’ bounce houses

General Admission: $5. Kids 12 and under: FREE!
RCS families enjoy 50% off tickets if purchased in advance from front desk.

PIGLET PORTION (4 taste tix for $10)
THE PORKER (8 taste tix for $15)
THE WHOLE HOG  (12 taste tix for $20)


Get cool stuff while supporting RCS

RCS After Prom and Celtics Lacrosse have launched two new fundraisers that allow you to shop for your house, garden, car — and yourself! — while supporting their causes.

BOONSUPPLY.COM is a one-stop shop of useful items for storage and to make your life easier. Browse among hundreds of totes, jewelry, kitchen, household and outdoors items. RCS After Prom receives 50% of every purchase. And Boonsupply offers free shipping to your home for all orders over $75.

Celtics lacrosse is offering great RCS spirit wear (shirts, shorts, beanies, jackets and more) through Sept. 7. CLICK HERE TO BROWSE AND BUY. Proceeds benefit the team.

1st day of school!

We welcomed 508 students to — and back to — school on Tuesday, Aug. 21. We wish God’s blessings on these children, their families who have entrusted them to our care, and our teachers and staff who have accepted that trust.

“May the Lord bless us and keep us. May the Lord make His face shine upon us and be gracious to us. May the Lord lift up His countenance on us and give us peace.”

RCS celebrates Class of 2018 Graduation

Please join us in congratulating the 36 members of the Roanoke Catholic School Class of 2018 — and their families and teachers — whom we highlight in this video of our Commencement Ceremony on June 9 in St. Andrew’s Catholic Church.

The video below features “Senior Walk,” held on our last day of school June 6 en route to Honors Assembly when our seniors made the traditional final walk through Roanoke Catholic School (accompanied here by the RCS Celtic Singers).


RCS welcomes new middle school science teacher

Roanoke Catholic School is pleased to welcome Marc Patton as our new middle school science teacher.

Patton graduated Virginia Tech in 2014 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Geosciences and a minor in Physics. Since 2015 he has taught earth science at William Fleming High School, where he also serves as the varsity boys lacrosse team assistant coach.

“I’m eager and ready to start my journey teaching and learning from the students at Roanoke Catholic,” Patton says. “I am thankful for this opportunity and I look forward to starting next year.”

Patton specializes in education technology and in 2017 presented at the 37th annual Future of Education Technology Conference in Orlando, Fla.

He also volunteers as a meal provider for the St. Andrew’s Catholic Church youth group.

RCS students create 3-D print of Bishop Knestout coat of arms

A medieval symbol of rank has gotten a technological treatment by two Roanoke Catholic students who created a 3-D print of His Excellency Bishop Barry Knestout’s coat of arms.

Seniors Elizabeth Schaible and Niki Patel, working in Donna Nickels’ Engineering/3-D Printing class, were inspired to take on the challenge after Bishop Knestout’s visit in January to Roanoke Catholic.

Principal and Head of School Patrick Patterson “came in and said that the Bishop was very interested in our 3-D printing program and … he asked us if we could make him something,” says Elizabeth. “We decided to make a 3-D print of his crest. We took about two months of trial and error, but we finally did it.”

The students first had to design the symbol on a 3-D computer graphics software program called Blender — no small task given the intricacies of the coat of arms that includes the Diocese of Richmond shield of three stars (symbolizing the Trinity) on a red, white and blue background; a white tower (recalling Bishop Knestout’s undergraduate studies in architecture); a gold lion; red crosses; green tassels; and the motto “Christ Our Hope.”

According to a story in The Catholic Virginian about the coat of arms: “In designing the shield — the central element in what is formally called the heraldic achievement — a bishop has an opportunity to depict symbolically various aspects of his own life and heritage, and to highlight particular aspects of Catholic faith and devotion that are important to him.”

CLICK HERE for more about Bishop Knestout’s coat of arms.

“Elizabeth and Niki worked really hard,” says Ms. Nickels. “I gave them no directions. They took the initiative themselves, they did the entire project and they have some beautiful results.”

Both Elizabeth and Niki plan to further their 3D education in the fall when they enroll at the University of Virginia. “I will be attending UVA next year where I will be pursuing a pre-medical track,” says Niki. “I hope that in my future career in medicine I would be able to pursue 3D printing because in the medical field 3D printing is very useful in prosthetics and organ replacement.”

RCS hires second Spanish teacher to expand foreign language program to younger students

Roanoke Catholic School is pleased to announce the hiring of its second Spanish teacher, Katherine Appel, who will teach Spanish exploratory classes for lower school and offer additional staffing for the upper school Spanish program.

Currently in her second year of teaching Spanish within Bedford County Public Schools, Ms. Appel attended a Spanish language immersion school in Guatemala while a student at James Madison University, from which she graduated in 2014 with a degree in Modern Foreign Languages, Spanish and Italian.

“I have spent many hours abroad immersing myself in the Spanish language and culture,” says Ms. Appel. “This has given me a holistic perspective of Hispanic life that has greatly enriched my ability to speak Spanish fluently.”

At Staunton River High and Middle schools, she teaches six separate classes for sixth to eleventh grade students.

Her experience also includes leading Hispanic Vacation Bible School day camp for New Life Christian Ministries; serving on several faith-based mission trips to Mozambique, Guatemala and Haiti; and assisting the development director at Blue Ridge Women’s Center.

“In concert with our commitment to expand our World Languages offering and to aid our students in becoming champions of world cultures and languages in our elementary and middle grades,” says Patrick Patterson, principal and head of school, “our school leadership team has been searching for the ideal candidate to join our school community. In Katherine Appel, we have found this passionate educator who will join a strong team in our World Languages Department.”