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Originally Appeared in : Vol. 100 No. 02

The annual National Celebration of Catholic Schools Week provides an opportunity to reflect on the benefits of Catholic education.

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) lists the advantages for students in Catholic schools in terms of the measurable gains in academic achievements; the development of social benefits and civic-mindedness for the greater community; on-going parental engagement in their child’s education and the practice of the Catholic faith; and the astonishing financial savings and benefits to local, state and federal governments. These advantages are quite impressive and easily quantifiable.

While the academic outcomes students gain by attending Catholic schools. the primary mission of a Catholic school Pope Benedict XVI said, “First and foremost, every Catholic educational institution is a place to encounter the living God, who in Jesus Christ, reveals his transforming love and truth.” Michelle Kroll, Diocese of Savannah Director Of Catholic Education & Superintendent of Catholic Schools said, “The sole purpose of investing in Catholic schools is to build the Kingdom of God through the transmission of the Catholic faith to the students and oftentimes adults. Unequivocally, the desire of every person working or volunteering in a Catholic school is to provide an environment where children encounter the living Christ on a daily basis. Our Catholic schools provide experiences and time for children to fall in love with Jesus. Helping children get to heaven is our mission.”

The 2019 Annual Report for Catholic Schools is available here.

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