Opportunity, hope, and faith come from the gift of a Catholic education. Our young people are defining their identity in an ever-changing society. Providing them with a strong foundation today gives them the tools needed to chart a path that is based on strong, well-defined morals and beliefs. Learning is more than that which is found in a textbook or measured on a test. It is a nurturing environment, one that models Gospel values and respect for all children. It is one that has rigorous curricula standards, one that challenges each student to think critically and interact globally, all within Christ’s teachings.
Bishop Francis Xavier DiLorenzo, Diocese of Richmond.
Each of us has a name. It is how we are known. To the world around us, our name identi es us, it says who we are. But there is more to the identity of each one of us than just our own personal name.
Identity is a theme to which Pope Francis has returned o en in his daily preaching. He speaks of Catholics, metaphorically, as having a certain “identity card,” as valuable and consequential as a passport or a driver’s license. Our legal documents record important details such as our eye color, hair color, and home address. ese details matter to us, but they are super cial; they can change over time. Pope Francis, however, speaking from the Catholic tradition, is more concerned, as we are in this letter, about an identity that is essential, enduring, and true. We must talk about the identity we receive in baptism. It cannot be taken away from us. It is permanent. Indeed, it is all we can hope to keep at the end of our earthly life.
Archbishop Donald Cardinal Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington DC
Catholic Identity and Mission
Catholic schools are called to be real and living expressions of the church’s pastoral mission in the world. Our Mission is to be centers of ‘the New Evangelization’ and to proclaim and give witness to Jesus Christ. Catholic schools nurture students in their lifelong journey in faith and help them develop as mature people empowered to shape and enrich the world by living the Gospel of Jesus Christ in their everyday lives.
Catholic schools support students and their families in connecting with Catholic traditions and accessing the richness of our shared faith and spiritual heritage. Through quality Religious Education, rich experiences of prayer and celebration, engagement in social action and justice, students are supported in developing their relationship with God and responding to the experience and action of God in their own lives.
Developing your faith is a lifelong process. Parents are the first and foremost educators of their children and the family is generally the first place where children come to Christian faith. Catholic Schools provide Religious Education to nourish and develop the faith of students in partnership with the family, parish and local community.