Ryken Award Winner Announced


Ryken Award Winner Announced


The 2018 Ryken Award was presented to teacher Lorraine Kainz following a Dec. 3 prayer service at Saint Bernard School.

“During her time here, she has introduced hundreds of students to the world of fine art,” said Headmaster Don Macrino who presented the award to Mrs. Kainz – a longtime art teacher at SBS and resident of New London.

The Ryken Award is given annually on the feast of St. Francis Xavier at each of the 13 Xaverian Brothers Sponsored Schools.

The award recognizes an adult member of our school community for his or her commitment to the mission of Saint Bernard School and dedication to the values of the Xaverian Brothers. Each year the recipient is nominated by his or her peers and approved by the administration.

Mrs. Kainz began working at Saint Bernard School in February 2001.  She received her education at Eastern Connecticut State College, Fitchburg State and Central Connecticut State College.

Before teaching at Saint Bernard, she taught at Academy of the Holy Family in Baltic. Among the classes she’s taught at SBS are Art 1, 2, 3 and 4, Advanced Placement Art History, Advanced Placement Portfolio, and Early College Experience Drawing in collaboration with the University of Connecticut.

Additionally, Mrs. Kainz has established a chapter of the National Honor Society for Fine Art here at SBS and coordinates that group, along with numerous art shows throughout the year. 

“Lorraine sees things in students that others might not see and she helps them find their niche,” according to her friend Lynn Gaffney. She also mentions Lorraine’s generosity, her quiet financial support for the fencing team and for countless Saint Bernard and community causes.

Mr. Macrino said Lorraine has lived a life of activism, of seeking peace, and of dedication to her family, her students and to God.

Her husband, Frank, and her son, Matt were in attendance for the award presentation.