“Catholic school students are not just taught, but loved,” William McGurn writes in an opinion piece for the New York Post.
McGurn, a board member at Newman Guide-recommended Ave Maria University, relates how his life is directed in part by two religious sisters, Sr. Noreen Holly and Sr. Patricia Pompa, who serve as the principals at the Catholic grade school and high school, respectively, which his children attend.
He—and other high-profile businessmen—are willing to pay for Catholic education and “jump” at whatever the sisters say, because the sisters provide an excellent education and sacrifice for the students, writes McGurn. Mostly, however, the sisters create an environment where “love” is shared.
McGurn writes in the Post:
At a meeting between the school board and parents, Sister asked people to introduce themselves to one other. When it came to her turn, she said, ‘I’m Sister Patricia,and I have 252 girls.’
What does she mean by that? She means she knows every single one of these young women. She means that to be a Villa girl is to be a Villa daughter.
In short, the Gospel that commands us to love one another obliges us to treat each person we encounter as we would Christ. That’s not an easy thing to ask of a school, even a Catholic school.
But the Sister Noreens and Sister Patricias have not devoted their lives to Catholic education to do the easy. They’ve dedicated them to making a difference.
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