“In order that the Catholic school and the Catholic teachers may truly make their irreplaceable contribution to the Church and to the world, the goal of Catholic education itself must be crystal clear. Beloved sons and daughters of the Catholic Church, brothers and sisters in the faith: Catholic education is above all a question of communicating Christ, of helping to form Christ in the lives of others.” – Message of John Paul II to the National Catholic Educational Association of the United States, April 16, 1979
National Catholic Schools Week 2019 will be observed in dioceses around the country January 27 through February 2. This year’s theme, “Catholic Schools: Learn. Serve. Lead. Succeed.”, focuses on the important spiritual, academic and societal contributions provided by a Catholic education firmly rooted in the Truth of the Gospel.
Nearly 1.8 million students are currently educated in 6,352 Catholic schools in cities, suburbs, small towns and rural communities around the country. Students receive an education that helps them become critical thinkers, strong communicators and active members of society, thus equipping them for higher education, a competitive work environment, and most importantly, living a Christian life of virtue in a challenging society.
Let us all continue to pray for our young people that they may grow deeper in their faith and devotion to Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.