Catholic Schools in the Archdiocese of Dubuque serve a very important role in the faith formation of students. They not only offer Religion as an academic class, but gospel values are infused throughout the curriculum and service activities.
At an opening school mass in the Archdiocese, I was struck with the local tradition of high school seniors in the procession, each holding the hand of a kindergartner. The older students were there to help, guide, and be a role model for the younger ones. What a great metaphor for what our Catholic schools do! Catholic education helps students think beyond themselves so that they can live out their faith by helping and guiding others. We support Catholic schools because they help make the world a better place, one student at a time.
During Catholic Schools Week I want to personally thank all of the priests, parishioners, parents, teachers, and staff who work hand-in-hand to provide the opportunity for high quality Catholic education for our students