Catholic education is a gift that lasts a lifetime - Catholic Courier

Catholic education is a gift that lasts a lifetime

Dear Readers,

I hope that you enjoy the special coverage of Catholic schools in this issue of the Catholic Courier. The articles showcase our schools as the vibrant communities of faith, knowledge and service they are.

As our Catholic schools prepare for another school year, we renew our gratitude to those with whom we partner to ensure our children receive the finest spiritual and academic instruction. We are deeply thankful for our dedicated principals, administrators, teachers and staff, and the parents and grandparents who are committed to giving their children the gift of a Catholic education.

We often say that a Catholic-school education is “a gift that lasts a lifetime” because it provides a young person with not only the intellectual tools to succeed, but the spiritual and moral compass with which to navigate the many challenging roads life presents to us. As Bishop Salvatore R. Matano wrote in a public Catholic Schools Week letter in 2014, “Let us for a moment consider why a Catholic education is a gift. Gifts are intended to help us, and the longer a gift helps us, the more valued and treasured it becomes. So it is then that a fine education lasts us a lifetime, paving the way for our future success in the world, giving us the solid foundation upon which to build our lives. And the one, holy, Catholic and apostolic faith upon which all Catholic education is grounded provides an education that is total and complete. Religion is not extraneous to or separate from the educational process, but actually it is at the very core, the very heart of learning.”

As our beloved Diocese of Rochester celebrates its 150th birthday in 2018, we also celebrate and cherish the long, rich history of Catholic schools. They have nurtured many generations of children who benefited from a faith-based education and high standards of academic excellence, countless numbers achieving prominence in government, science, education, law, medicine, the arts, religious life and many other professions.

If you have chosen a Catholic education for your child, we hope that you will share your Catholic-school spirit! Please tell everyone you can about your Catholic school, and why Catholic schools are important to you. If your children are not currently enrolled and you wish to know more about our schools, visit, call our Catholic Schools Office at 585-328-3210 or e-mail

Enjoy the rest of the summer, and may God bless you and your families during the upcoming academic year!

Anthony S. Cook III

Superintendent of Catholic Schools

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