Welcome to the Good News About Catholic Schools
A message from Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M. on the importance of Catholic schools
In the Diocese of Trenton, there are 31 Catholic elementary schools and 11 Catholic secondary schools that provide an excellent education to their over 15,100 students. Parents opt for these Catholic schools often at great financial sacrifice. Enrollments, however, are declining and have been for some time now.
A recent article posted on NJ.com – “These Are All the NJ Catholic Schools Closing and Merging This Year,” June 11, 2019 – noted that declining enrollment and subsequent financial strain on their parish sponsors have resulted in decisions to close or merge Catholic schools. Here in our Diocese, one Catholic elementary school has closed this year, another two Catholic elementary schools have merged, and a third has transitioned from a diocesan regional to a parish-based Catholic school.
The Diocese has studied the situation in all our Catholic elementary schools extensively and has produced two reports on Catholic school “sustainability” – one in 2013 and another in 2018 – with a goal to develop criteria and a plan to “sustain” and keep our Catholic schools open wherever possible rather than to close them. […continue reading]
A message from JoAnn Tier, Superintendent of Catholic Schools
This year, four principals, three vice-principals and 56 teachers took part in orientation days. Camaraderie, enthusiasm and new friendships were realized as expectations for teaching and reaching each student unfolded. The commitment of these individuals is replicated in that of the administrators, teachers and staff in each of the 29 elementary and six secondary schools in the Diocese of Trenton. We salute our educators as they embark on a profession that will form students in the faith and influence lives.
It is amazing to note that research in education began in earnest in the 1960s. Prior to that time, little attention had been given to the environment conducive to educate students, to the way the brain learns and processes information or to the best methods of teaching.
In reflecting on the issues that face the global economy with a world population of 7.7 billion, how do teachers prepare students for a future that is undefined?
Health issues, fragile economies, world tensions, food and water shortages, damaged ecosystems and climate change will constitute a sampling of problems that will be addressed by minds that are being formed today. Problems that have been created by one generation will be the responsibility of a new generation to address and solve. […continue reading]