In honor of the upcoming Catholic Schools Week starting January 26, Archbishop George Lucas of Omaha, who serves as chairman of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Committee on Education, issued a statement recognizing the contribution of America’s Catholic schools.
Our schools have educated millions of young people over the years by providing them a superior academic background, always pointing the way to eternal life. The success of Catholic schools in handing on the faith, generation after generation, is a bright light in the history of the Church in the United States.
The heart of the apostolate of Catholic education is the mission to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Catholic schools provide a rich environment of faith and learning where students experience how much God loves them in Christ.
The USCCB points out that more than 2 million students are currently educated in more than 6,600 Catholic schools around the country, and an estimated 99 percent of Catholic school students graduate from high school. About 85 percent of Catholic school graduates attend college.
This year marks the 40th anniversary of Catholic Schools Week. It will be observed starting on January 26 and continuing until February 1. This year’s theme is “Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service.”
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