March 21, 2008

NCEA Convention

Welcome educators to the Archdiocese of Indianapolis

Most Rev. Daniel M. Buechlein, O.S.B.Dear Catholic Educators:

I extend to you the warmest of welcomes to the Archdiocese of Indianapolis and its See City. We are excited and proud that you chose to hold the 105th Annual National Catholic Educational Association Convention here at the “Crossroads of America.” I also welcome all the parish catechetical leaders who are here to take part in the National Parish Catechetical Directors Convocation.

Educators all, you are key to the future of our Church, and the future of our society. You have the privilege—and the serious responsibility—of shaping future generations.

Due to chemotherapy treatments I will be unable to attend the convention, but I will pray that your time in Indianapolis will be inspiring and that you will return to your local parishes energized in your commitment to be good stewards of our most precious resource: our children, youth and young adults.

I hope during your convention that you will draw inspiration from St. Theodora Guérin, who was canonized by Pope Benedict XVI on Oct. 15, 2006. St. Theodora is truly a model for today’s educators. St. Theodora came to the Indiana frontier in 1840 with five Sisters of Providence and almost no resources, but within a year she had established a motherhouse, a novitiate and an academy and soon thereafter began opening Catholic schools throughout Indiana.

Let’s pray that we continue to follow St. Theodora’s wise counsel: “Love the children first, then teach them.”

God bless all of you for all the good work you do and may God be with each of you this week!

Sincerely yours in Christ,

Most Rev. Daniel M. Buechlein, O.S.B.
Archbishop of Indianapoli


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