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A message from Bishop David M. O'Connell, C.M.


Catholic Schools light a fire

There is a popular quote attributed sometimes to the Irish poet William Butler Yeats (other times to Ralph Waldo Emerson) that states, “Education is not the filling of a pail but the lighting of a fire.” In St. Luke’s Gospel, Jesus makes a similar claim when he proclaims his educational mission, “I have come to set the world on fire and how I wish it were blazing already (Luke 12:49).” Jesus set the world on fire by proclaiming the Good News for all people. That’s the work of Catholic schools.

When discussing education at any level, it is common to hear the distinction between public and Catholic education expressed in terms of “values,” that Catholic education’s unique contribution is the presentation of “values.”  While I understand the point, I think that distinction is simply too easy, too vague and too incomplete.  Any true educational experience in any school is going to present “values.”  Even when we specify “faith values” as the distinguishing characteristic, we are being too simple and incomplete.

Catholic education is not simply about values or even “faith values.”  Catholic education is about a specific vision and an investment in that vision that comes from the Gospel and creates the specific values by which the Catholic school is known and identified. And that makes its values real and alive and applicable to life.

Catholic education is about passion; a vision and passion that views every young person in our Catholic schools, every parent, every teacher, every administrator, every staff member, every alumnus, and every benefactor as a partner in the Church’s mission to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ, in season and out of season, in the classroom and on the playground, on the computer screen, when school is in session and when it is not, in the school, in the home, in the neighborhood and community. [Continue reading …]

W
e all know the kinds of stories about Catholic schools that grab front page headlines. Unfortunately, the good news of Catholic schools is rarely reported in the mainstream media.

Too often our schools are “Best Kept Secrets” in which the value that they bring is known only to the families whose students are already enrolled. We aim to change that. 

Just for starters, here are some things you should know…

Across Burlington, Mercer, Monmouth and Ocean Counties, there are nearly 17,000 students in Catholic schools sponsored by their local parishes or by the Diocese of Trenton. These schools are strong and vibrant — many are well enrolled; some with waiting lists for certain grades.

Our schools continue to distinguish themselves as places of extraordinary academic advancement; robust science and technology resources, and the best in athletic development and competition, all the while forming young Catholics in their faith and providing opportunities for them to put this faith into action. Our schools provide an educational experience that can be found in no other setting.

We encourage members of the Catholic community to get the good news of Catholic schools by exploring one near you, and to stay connected with this website. Here, we will share new information and resources about our schools on a regular basis.

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View the video message above from Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., about Catholic schools in the Diocese of Trenton.

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THE BUZZ

  • “… seeds [planted by families] are watered and nurtured in our Catholic schools producing ‘fruit that will last (John 15: 16):’ a community of faith, knowledge and service that reaches far beyond classroom doors.”

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    Bishop David M. O'Connell, C.M.
    Tenth Bishop of Trenton
  • “Catholic school teachers, invested in the students whom they teach, are relentless in their pursuit of providing
    an exceptional 21st century educational experience.”

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    JoAnn Tier
    Moderator for Catholic Education, Diocese of Trenton
  • “When families invest in Catholic education, they are not only investing in their child, they are really setting up a legacy that will benefit not only their child, but their children’s children and beyond.”

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    Dr. Edward Gere, principal
    Donovan Catholic High School, Toms River