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Mission of Catholic Education

1/19/23 | School Articles | by Mr. Francis Dempsey

Mission of Catholic Education

    I was recommended a reading called “The Holy See’s Teaching on Catholic Schools” by Archbishop J. Michael Miller CSB. As an educator and advocate of Catholic education, the text provides tremendous inspiration and motivation to pursue the mission of Jesus Christ as the core of learning.

    • Parents are the first educators of their children. Schools are extensions of the home.
    • Catholic education forms the whole child and seeks to fix his or her eyes on heaven. The specific purpose of a Catholic education is the formation of boys and girls who will be good citizens of this world, loving God and neighbor and enriching society with the leaven of the gospel, and who will also be citizens of the world to come, thus fulfilling their destiny to become saints.
    • Elementary schools should try to create a community school climate that reproduces, as far as possible, the warm and intimate atmosphere of family life.
    • Educators, administrators, parents, and bishops guide the school to make choices that promote “overcoming individualistic self-promotion, solidarity instead of competition, assisting the weak instead of marginalization, responsible participation instead of indifference.
    • Ensure that the student is seen as a person whose intellectual growth is harmonized with spiritual, religious, emotional, and social growth.
    • From the first moment that a student sets foot in a Catholic school, he or she ought to have the impression of entering a new environment, one illumined by the light of faith, and having its own unique characteristic.

    This is what we strive for. This is what we work for. Raising children to be the best versions of themselves as God created them to be.