Each year, in January, we celebrate Catholic Schools for the gifts they bring to our parish communities, and to the lives of children and families throughout our nation. For centuries, Catholic schools have provided a safe and secure learning environment within a community of faith. Growing up in a Catholic community provides students with a lived experience of Christian discipleship. They learn what it means to follow in the footsteps of Jesus, they practice living the values of the Catholic religion, and share the journey of faith. The administration, faculty, staff, and parents all become models of what it means to live as Catholic Christians in today’s world.
When we live in a community of faith we develop a personal relationship with Jesus. We are in relationship with one another. We are called to renew our commitment to the Ursuline motto of “Serviam” – I will serve. Catholic education provides students with the equipment necessary to become good citizens and contributing members of society.
As we celebrate Catholic Schools Week this week let us remember that we are called to be Christ for one another and all those we meet along the journey of life.
Pat Schifini, OSU