Catholic education has been a priority in the Diocese of Rochester since its earliest days. The diocese was the third diocese in the country to complete the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools accreditation process. Students at diocesan schools experience rigorous academics rooted in a Catholic-faith perspective.
Bishop Bernard J. McQuaid, who became the diocese’s founding bishop in 1868, first announced plans for a Catholic school system within the diocese days after his installation. Today, students participate in school-wide Masses and prayer, and faith is integrated into teaching academic subjects as well as into service projects that reach beyond school walls.