January 26, 2007

Catholic Schools Week Supplement

‘Catholic Schools: The Good News in Education’

By Annette “Mickey” Lentz (Special to The Criterion)

Once again, it is time for us to observe Catholic Schools Week. This year’s theme is “Catholic Schools: The Good News in Education.”

This slogan is quite fitting as it symbolizes the academic excellence of Catholic schools as well as emphasizes the Christ-centered foundation on which our schools are grounded.

We often read or hear about what is wrong with education. Low test scores, discipline issues and low graduation rates are just a few of the concerns. Yet there is good news to be found in our Catholic schools, where the importance of character and integrity blend with academic excellence.

It is also important to remember that what is focused upon during this “special” week is mirrored regularly in our schools. All year, just as we have done for many years, we honor the excellence of our schools, including their mission and rich traditions.

Catholic Schools Week provides us with a wonderful opportunity to reflect on the high-quality, faith-focused and values-added education that is offered. The entire archdiocesan community is reminded of the vital contribution that our schools make to education and the quality of life in central and southern Indiana. Indeed, it is a time to celebrate as miracles are found in our schools—in our students—every day.

Let us be ever mindful of the generous contributions that our clergy, religious and lay leaders have made to our Catholic schools. Let us also be ever grateful for those who willingly work with God’s children. Let us continue to build the foundation that stands the test of time.

God bless all who continue to advance the mission of Catholic education in the Archdiocese of Indianapolis. We are proud of our accomplishments.

(Annette “Mickey” Lentz is executive director of the archdiocesan Secretariat for Catholic Education and Faith Formation.) †

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