BRAINTREE - Catholic schools across the Archdiocese of Boston celebrated Catholic Schools Week January 29-February 4. The section opened with a column from Superintendent Kathy Mears:
Catholic Schools: Developing Saints and Scholars!
The national theme of Catholic Schools Week 2017 is “Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service.” The Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Boston are blessed with an abundance of those qualities.
The Catholic Schools Office and Catholic schools in the Archdiocese work to ensure that our faith is embedded into every aspect of the school. Teaching students to live and learn by Catholic principles will provide a foundation that supports them their entire lives. Students at Catholic schools in the Archdiocese attend Mass on a regular basis, and prayer is a part of their daily lives. The values students learn include the intellectual curiosity of Saint Ignatius, the unwavering faith of Saint Julie Billiart, and compassion for others demonstrated by Saint Francis of Assisi. They are taught to trust in God as Saint Joseph exemplified and they are given multiple opportunities to serve, as taught by Saint Teresa of Calcutta. In the face of celebrity idolization Catholic school students are shown true role models.
Schools in the Archdiocese of Boston are equipped with language labs and science & innovation centers. Students are learning about coding, robotics, 3-D printing, and more. We are using technology to enhance the teaching and learning process, but we understand that true learning happens when the student, parent and teacher work together to provide the best possible atmosphere for student learning.
A few years ago, Pope Francis told a group of young people to, “Have courage. Go forward. Make noise.” We are doing that in the Archdiocese of Boston. We are taking that advice to heart. We are looking for additional ways to meet the needs of our students and their families. We continue to monitor our students’ learning and making adjustments to make sure that each child is reaching his/her potential. We are sharing our story, the good news of how our schools are helping our students to develop into “Saints and Scholars”.
In this special section of The Pilot, you’ll read more about wonderful schools in the Archdiocese of Boston. If you’re a parent, I hope that you’ll consider sending your child to a Catholic school. If you’re an engaging, forward-thinking educator who is looking for a teaching position, I encourage you to apply to teach in one of our schools. And, if you are someone who has spare time and a desire to share your talents, I encourage you to become a volunteer! Together, we will help our students to develop their relationship with God, while learning to apply faith and reason to their lives.
Catholic education is alive and well in the Archdiocese of Boston! Please pray for us as we work to support this important mission of the Catholic Church.
TO READ THE FULL SPECIAL SECTION, INCLUDING 40 PAGES OF ARTICLES FROM SCHOOLS, VISIT THIS LINK.