Rochester Diocese’s Catholic schools lead, inspire, motivate - Catholic Courier
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Frank Arvizzigno is the new superintendent of Catholic schools for the Diocese of Rochester. (Courier photo by Jeff Witherow)

Rochester Diocese’s Catholic schools lead, inspire, motivate

As we begin the second semester of the 2023-24 school year, our Diocese of Rochester Catholic schools are continuing our mission to lead, inspire and motivate our students to grow spiritually, achieve academically and serve others in need.

This year’s Catholic Schools Week is filled with exciting events and activities in celebration of Catholic education. Our students, staff and families are taking part in numerous service projects, such as collecting food and clothing for those in need; making cards and writing letters for elderly and sick members of our community; and thanking our first responders for all that they do for us each day. It is so wonderful to see these activities help our students learn the importance of giving back and living a life in service of others in need, as Jesus taught us to live.

Throughout the school year, our pastors, principals, teachers, and support staff are continuing to work with our students to ensure that Catholic teachings are central to all aspects of each school day. Besides regular Mass attendance, our schools also are focusing on providing more opportunities for students to take part in eucharistic adoration and praying the rosary. These experiences help to strengthen our students’ knowledge of the Catholic faith, while deepening their relationship with God.

Our Diocese of Rochester Catholic schools continue to excel academically, as evidenced by our New York state and I-Ready assessments. When comparing the number of students in our schools who met the New York state learning standards as measured on the most recent state assessments, our schools outperformed the state by 10% in mathematics and 17% in ELA. Our fall I-Ready math and ELA scores show that the number of students on or above grade level in our schools exceeds the state average by 12% and the national average by 6%. I would like to thank all of our principals, teachers and support staff members for all that they do each day to ensure that our students meet and exceed academic standards throughout our diocese.

Our Catholic schools are continuing to take part in the Middle States Association reaccreditation process. Our teams of school leaders, faculty, staff and parents have been working diligently to complete self-studies at each of our Catholic schools. We are excited for our schools to be visited by the Middle States team in the spring, and we look forward to completing this reaccreditation process by the end of the school year.

Registration for the 2024-25 school year is open at all of our Catholic schools, and spaces are limited. If you or someone you know is interested in enrolling or learning more about one of our Catholic schools, please email or visit

I pray that you are all having a joyous and peaceful start to the new year. Thank you for all of your prayers and continued support for Catholic education. I wish our students, faculty, staff and families at all of our Diocese of Rochester Catholic schools a safe, healthy and blessed start to the second semester of the school year.

May God bless you all,

Frank Arvizzigno
Superintendent of Schools
Diocese of Rochester

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