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A message from Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M. for Catholic Schools Week 2020
In public discourse, there is much discussion about the efficacy and success of public school systems throughout the United States. It is frequently the fodder for political debate, although politicians often seem to forget about it once the election is over. Citizens pay taxes to support our public schools with mixed results. Some public schools have excellent success rates, teaching well and graduating their students, while others seem incapable of digging themselves out of the hole of consistent disappointment and failure.
Catholics are no less bound to educate their young in the same subjects than their public counterparts. There is something else, however; something that is more than just a subject in the curriculum that is not found in public schools. Rather, that something is an atmosphere, a culture, an environment, a spirit, yes, even a vernacular that pervades the Catholic school community … and that is the Catholic faith.
In the Catholic school, the Catholic religion is a subject to be taught, learned, loved and lived well beyond the doors of the Catholic school building. Although, as the Second Vatican Council reminds us, Catholic parents have always been considered the primary teachers of the Catholic faith by the Catholic Church, they depend upon Catholic schools to support and strengthen what they believe as Catholics. Catholic education — whether in the Catholic school, the parish religious education program or in the Catholic home school — truly Catholic education is the best and most important way for parents to hand on, nurture and promote the Catholic faith for and within the next generation. To neglect or surrender this obligation, whatever the reason, is to risk the loss of the Catholic faith not only for this generation but for generations to come. […continue reading]
A salute to the graduates of the Class of 2020
This school year has been filled with unanticipated experiences and a discontinuation of all that was routine. Many milestones that define the rites of passage of senior year were not to materialize.
Yet as students, you relied on your faith, personal grit, persistence and self-discipline as the future became apparent month by month.
We live in a complex world that needs healing on many levels. Health issues dominate the world as we search for a cure for COVID-19. Racism, rebellions, refugees and starving children across the globe are becoming commonplace. Our environment has been abused and stripped of natural resources. Threats appear to our economy and to national security.
How will these problems be addressed? Who will be called to solve them?
With graduation, it is likely that you look to the future and ponder questions such as: […continue reading]