Name: Mr. Leonardo Soliman
Position/Title: Chairperson and Teacher, Religious Studies Department
(718) 364-5353
AMSU start date: September 2005

Classes taught: Religious Studies 11, Religious Studies 12
Extra Curricular:
Asian Club Moderator
Credentials: BA Philosophy/Theology
MPA – Health Care Management

Academically, Leo is a product of three seminaries, Our Lady of Penafrancia, Holy Rosary Theologate and the University of Santo Tomas Pontifical Seminary all in the Philippines where he received his Philosophy and Theology degrees. From there he went to the University of the East Law School. In the United States, he obtained a Master’s in Public Administration (Health Services Management). He has also completed the Archdiocese of New York Leadership Trainings for both the Director/Coordinator of Religious Education as well as Director of the Catechumenate (RCIA).

Leo has previously taught Latin and Spanish at Cardinal Hayes High School and the same subjects here at the Academy of Mount St. Ursula together with Religion where he is now the Chairperson.

He is very active in his parish as Director of Religious Education and the Catechumenate Program, Cantor and member of the Pastoral Council. He is also the coordinator of all Parish Ministries.

Leo’s passion for what he does springs from his commitment to care for the children of God whom he serves in his classes.


Name: Mr. Vincent Amendola
Teacher, Religious Studies
Phone: (718) 364-5353
Starting Date: January 11, 2011

Classes currently teaching: Religious Studies 9; Religious Studies 10; Religious Studies 11
Extra Curricular: Director of the Catechumenate / RCIA: Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults
Personal Interests: Hiking; Skating; Swimming; Jogging; Theater ( acting and singing); The Bronx Opera.
Credentials: B.A., Secondary School Education/English ( Iona College ); M.A., Religious Studies/Sacred Scripture ( St. Joseph’s Seminary and College ); Certified Director of the Catechumenate/ RCIA: Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (Archdiocese of New York); Certified Catholic School Catechist

Successfully completed the Archdiocese of New York Leadership Training Program for the Director of the Catechumenate ( RCIA: Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults).

I always say to my students, “If we have to be anywhere, this is not such a bad place to be!” The AMSU young ladies always help me to remember by their support and encouragement that religious education is my passion, Catholic education is my life, and the Academy of Mount Saint Ursula is my spiritual home!

Each day I am challenged but inspired by the culture and climate of the AMSU family community where “Four years truly lasts a lifetime!”


Name: Miss Mary Gratton
Teacher, Religious Studies
Phone: (718) 364-5353
Starting Date: September, 2015

Classes Taught: Religion 10, Religion 11

B.A. Theology (Villanova University)
M.Ed. Curriculum and Instruction, concentration in Literacy (The Pennsylvania State University)
Ph.D. Religious Education (Fordham University) **currently enrolled**
I hold PA Instructional II Certifications in Elementary Edu K-6 and Middle Level English 7-9

I joined the AMSU staff for the 2015-2016 school year and am very excited to be here! I am a native of the Philadelphia area and recently moved to the Bronx to complete my Ph.D. in Religious Education at Fordham. My areas of interest include how we educate adolescents in the faith and how literature can be utilized to teach issues of morality and social justice. For the past seven years, I taught 8th grade English and Religion at an all girls’ Catholic Academy in the western suburbs of Philadelphia. This year I am teaching Religion 10 and Religion 11 and am moderating the That’s Life club. I am enjoying exploring New York City and look forward to a wonderful year with my students!

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