The secretary of education for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia is marking Catholic Schools Week with a clear reminder about the purpose of Catholic schools and their value to American society.
On his website, Christopher Mominey explains that while Catholic schools save the government millions of dollars, boast high academic standards and ensure many scholarships, those are not the most important roles that Catholic schools fulfill.
“The first and most important work of Catholic schools is to make certain that our young people are formed in the faith,” Mominey writes. “Without question this is our number one priority every single day.”
Mominey, who is currently a parent of four Catholic school students, encourages parents to celebrate Catholic Schools Week: “The investments that you make in your children (what we call tuition) are investments that will pay dividends for life. But in the end, what we can and must show our current parents is that our number one priority is to make certain that their child comes to know, love and serve the person of Jesus Christ. And that is something that will pay dividends for life... and beyond!”
Even those who don’t send their children to Catholic schools should celebrate Catholic Schools Week, Mominey writes. “The very existence of Catholic schools saves taxpayers across the country billions of dollars annually,” he notes. “Given the escalating costs of public education, the average citizen should be pleased to see Catholic schools thriving. Each and every time a student enrolls in a Catholic school, the state saves money.”
Mominey argues that Catholic schools are the answer to the problems facing public education. He urges government officials to appreciate the work of Catholic schools.
“To them I say: Take a look at our model. Efficient. Academically sound. Proven Results,” he writes. “And, above all, graduates exposed to the Gospel values of service, compassion, and love for others.”
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