January 26, 2018

2018 Catholic Schools Week Supplement

Catholic schools are our shared inheritance and opportunity

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

Archbishop Charles C. ThompsonIt is a great blessing to celebrate the apostolate of Catholic schools with you!

Our Catholic schools throughout central and southern Indiana are an integral part of the incredible foundation that, by the grace of God and the witness of many generations of the faithful, is our shared inheritance, responsibility and opportunity.

During the Second Vatican Council, the Holy Father, in union with the bishops of the world, proclaimed that Catholic schools are of the “utmost importance.” Indeed, it is “abundantly clear in an unbroken list of statements” from both the Holy See’s Sacred Congregation for Catholic Education and from the bishops of the United States that Catholic schools are “the most efficacious means available to the Church for the education of children and young people.”

Our Catholic schools are the “fullest and best” opportunity to “promote the integration of religious truth and values with the rest of life.”

With Christ, the Master Teacher, as their cornerstone, these ministries of hope make the Gospels and the sacraments a way of life. They continue Christ’s own ministry as priest, prophet and king through their worship, faithful teaching and witness to the world.

Please join me this week in thanking and praying for all who have made, and who continue to make, the mission of our Catholic schools possible.

Please join me in praying for the future of this essential apostolate. The Church “earnestly entreats pastors and all the faithful to spare no sacrifice in helping Catholic schools fulfill their function in a continually more perfect way.”

May our ministry in this generation be a “prophetic choice,” ensuring excellent and accessible Catholic schools both for today and for the many tomorrows to come.

Yours in Christ, Our Teacher,

Archbishop Charles C. Thompson

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