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Evangelization is core of Rochester Catholic schools’ mission

Dear families, staff and friends of Diocese of Rochester Catholic schools,

As we approach the start of the 2023-24 school year, I find myself reflecting on our calling as Catholics to spread the word of Christ. In Mark 16:15, Jesus says to his disciples, “Go into all the world and proclaim the good news to the whole creation.” This mission of evangelization is at the core of what we do as a Catholic-school community. Our schools focus on leading, inspiring and motivating students to grow spiritually, achieve academically and serve others in need, and by doing this, we carry out the mission of spreading the “good news” of the Gospel each day.

During the 2023-24 school year, our teachers will continue to infuse Catholic teachings throughout all subject areas. Our school days start and end with prayer, and praying in our schools is connected to all that we do. Eucharistic adoration will continue to be a major focus this year, and I look forward to seeing our students grow in their knowledge of Catholic teachings as they strengthen their own personal relationships with God.

Our students in the Diocese of Rochester continue to show tremendous growth academically. We are continuing to use the I-Ready ELA and math programs to assess, instruct and progress-monitor our students. The data collected this past school year continues to show our students making regular achievements in both math and reading. It has become clear that our willingness to continue in-person instruction during the pandemic has made a major positive impact on the academic success of our students.

During the upcoming school year, our schools will continue to participate in numerous service activities to help those in need in our communities. This past year, a number of our schools collected food, clothing and other items for those in need. Many of our students also donated their time and talents to help others in their communities. These acts of service are vital to helping our students understand the importance of giving back to others and living a life as Jesus lived.

This school year, all of our Catholic schools will be participating in the reaccreditation process for Middle States Association. Our accreditation is up for renewal after seven years, and we are again seeking accreditation as a diocese. Each of our Catholic schools has a team of school leaders, faculty, staff and parents who will work together on this accreditation process to demonstrate that we are continuing to meet high educational standards diocesanwide. We look forward to completing this reaccreditation process by the end of the school year.

If you or someone you know is interested in enrolling or learning more about one of our Catholic schools, please email schools@dor.org or visit https://dorschools.org to join our Catholic-school family.

I am so excited to begin the 2023-24 school year as your new superintendent. Thank you for all of your well wishes, prayers and support. I hope that you enjoyed a wonderful summer, and I pray that you all have a safe, peaceful and joyous school year!

God bless,

Frank Arvizzigno
Superintendent of Schools
Diocese of Rochester

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