My dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
Whenever a child is baptized, a beautiful blessing is prayed over the husband. It goes like this, “You and your wife will be the first teachers of your children in the ways of faith. May you be the best of teachers.”
That blessing explains precisely why Catholic Schools exist. They exist to make Jesus Christ the center of one’s life and to build a strong formation of faith and moral character for each student that will last a life time. Catholic schools partner with parents and encourage participation in the education of their children in ways that are fully intended to make them “the best of teachers’.
Catholic schools enjoy a well-deserved reputation for their high academic standards and for their consistently high graduation rates. However, the primary purpose of Catholic education is to demonstrate what it means to live the Gospel in today’s increasingly complex, secular world.
Catholic schools teach that there is no separation between faith and life. Every decision we make as Catholics must be permeated by the teachings of Jesus Christ and his Church. In the face of apathy and indifference towards religious formation in modern society, at a time when objective truth itself is questioned by the often negative misleading influence of the media, Catholic schools teach that each human person holds a special dignity which emanates from being a child of God with an eternal destiny.
Once again, I want to pay tribute to the many people who work and volunteer in the Catholic schools within the Diocese of Worcester. The cause of Catholic education is only possible because of our dedicated benefactors and our generous parishioners, especially during this Annual Catholic Schools Appeal. I am grateful to all of you for your generosity.
With every prayerful best wish, I remain
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Most Reverend Robert J. McManus, S.T.D.
Bishop of Worcester
“Teach them to observe all that I command you.”