Schools infuse faith across curriculum
Dear brothers and
sisters in Christ:
We are pleased to share with you the positive gifts of our Diocese of Rochester Catholic schools in this month’s Catholic Courier. Last week, our Catholic schools joined with others across the nation to celebrate Catholic Schools Week. The week was filled with events in which we said “thank you” to all those who help make our schools radiant with the faith we profess in Our Savior, Jesus Christ. The centerpiece of Catholic Schools Week was the Mass celebrated on Jan. 31, 2108, at the Sacred Heart Cathedral with our students throughout the diocese. As we celebrate the 150th anniversary of our diocese, highlighted by our diocesan Year of the Eucharist, the eucharistic celebration reminded all present that our diocesan history is closely linked to the Catholic schools, which planted the seeds of faith in our young people and introduced them to the person of Jesus Christ. And as we say “thank you,”we express our gratitude to the countless religious priests, sisters and brothers who staffed these schools, and now to the dedicated laity who over the last several years have continued the mission of Catholic schools.
Our Catholic schools are communities of faith with very dedicated people working to build the Kingdom of God. Our teachers, principals and staff strive to provide excellent educational programs for students, infusing our Catholic faith across the curriculum. Each of our students’ personal and communal relationship with Jesus Christ and His Church adds an aspect to learning that is poignant and everlasting.
Catholic education would not be possible without the unique partnership between parents/guardians and educators to foster a stimulating and positive learning environment for the children we are blessed to serve. We are grateful to parents and guardians for their support of our teachers and administrators, for their hard work and efforts to make Catholic education a priority for their children. This is a tremendous example of sharing Christ’s love for our youth. Together, we continue to build a Catholic-school system that successfully combines faith, service and academic excellence. It is our hope that our students will be the future leaders in the church and in society, beginning now to develop those qualities of leadership grounded in the Holy Gospels revealing Jesus as the Way, the Truth and the Life.
If you are considering the gift of a Catholic education, we look forward to hosting you for a tour. You can find a listing of our schools at www.dorschools.org.
Renewing our gratitude and asking Our Lord to continue to bless you and your families, we remain
Sincerely yours in Christ,
The Most Reverend
Salvatore R. Matano
Bishop of Rochester
Dr. Anthony S. Cook III
Superintendent of Catholic Schools