Dear People of God,
There is good news to share and celebrate. More than 4,000 students and 500 faculty and staff at 13 elementary and 5 secondary schools will celebrate National Catholic Schools Week from Jan. 26 through Feb. 1, 2020.
This week is an opportunity to shine a spotlight on Catholic education and acknowledge the good things happening in our Catholic school communities. It is a time to recognize the role of families as partners in Catholic education and celebrate their contributions to the success of our schools. Catholic Schools Week activities also provide a chance for prospective parents to discover what Catholic schools have to offer to their children.
I am grateful for the assistance of all those who actively support our Catholic schools, including clergy, parents, administrators, faculty, staff, grandparents, volunteers and benefactors. In addition, our Catholic schools benefit all year long from the religious guidance, prayers and support that parishioners provide. Without you the ministry of Catholic education would not be possible.
The most important mission of Catholic schools is to form young people as joyful disciples of Jesus Christ. We then send them forth to use their gifts for the good of the Church and the good of the world.
Let’s all continue to pray for the young people of our diocese. May our Catholic schools continue to offer them the possibility of a daily encounter with Jesus Christ in the context of a high quality education.
Sincerely in Christ
Most Rev. Thomas R. Zinkula
Bishop of Davenport