Hopes for renaissance - Catholic Courier

Hopes for renaissance

To the editor:

So many times for the past 20 years I have questioned the closing of Catholic schools in this diocese and in the Northeast in general. I understand decreasing children being born, younger adults moving out of the area for jobs, the costs of these schools, etc. BUT then at the same time I trust in God and His infinite wisdom. I have seen three strong Catholic independent schools begin with our laity — one in Rochester and two in Auburn. I have visited or been involved with these schools and their classical learning approach plus authentic Catholic teaching. I am impressed! Our church has so much capital in its buildings and material possessions. Is this where we should be going or should we, as church, be investing in the young children and families for the future of our church?

I retired as principal of St. Michael School, Newark, in 2002, almost 13 years ago, when there were over 50 Catholic elementary schools. With the closing of the Tioga County Catholic School, we are down to 18 Catholic elementary schools in our diocese. Is the problem how to reach our young families to get them into church? Is the problem our priorities as a church? I keep thinking "from ashes to ashes" that maybe a new renaissance in Catholic education will awaken, where authentic Catholic teaching is understood by its teachers and students, so that we as church can grow and thrive. We have our Lord and the beauty and truth of his church behind us. Let’s pray for a new and out of the ashes renewal of Catholic education in the Northeast!!!

Kathy Peters

Waterloo, NY


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