More than 30,000 students in 128 Catholic schools across the Archdiocese of St. Louis are celebrating national Catholic Schools Week, January 26 - February 1. This year’s theme is “Catholic Schools: Learn. Serve. Lead. Succeed.”
During this week, schools plan their own activities each day to build up their community, celebrate their faith and recognize the lifelong benefits provided by a Catholic education. Many of our schools will host open houses so you can see the benefits firsthand.
Nearly 1.8 million children are enrolled in 6,300 Catholic schools across the United States. Catholic Schools Week began in 1974 and is a joint project of the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).
As shared in our archdiocesan newspaper, The St. Louis Review, “Thomas Burnford, head of NCEA, says Catholic schools are an “essential, integral” part of Catholic ministry as they present the reality of God and the Gospel through curriculum.”
Mary Pat Donoghue, executive director of the Secretariat of Catholic Education at the USCCB, points out in another article that because students experience religious doctrine throughout their entire curriculum, they are provided a great foundation for building a relationship with Jesus Christ.
“What we seek to do is bring forward the Church’s intellectual tradition and form their minds in all of the content and areas that they study. This is an excellent tool of evangelization because it exposes kids not just to Catholic practices, regarding prayer and liturgy, but also to a Catholic understanding of reality.”
Catholic Schools Week provides a tremendous opportunity to explore the hallways of our schools and consider a new path towards holiness for your child.
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Catholic Schools in the Archdiocese of St. Louis are rich in history, celebrating 200 years of Catholic education, with a coalition of schools serving over 50,000 student (PreK-12) within an 11-county area. Our schools allow our children to develop a sense of purpose and value, receive a higher quality education, join a welcoming community and feel secure in a dynamic future. The educational experience provided to our students and their families is rooted in a higher calling from God to honor and celebrate the gifts He has given to us.