By Michelle Priar
Superintendent of Catholic Schools
Catholic schools in the Diocese of Evansville will soon be joining other Catholic schools across the nation in the celebration of National Catholic Schools Week. This year, the event runs from Jan. 28 to Feb. 3. It’s an opportunity to applaud and recognize the many ways Catholic schools prioritize academic excellence alongside the development of strong moral character and spiritual growth.
In the Diocese of Evansville, we’re blessed to partner with families as we serve over 7,000 students in 26 schools. We truly value this partnership, and we recognize that it’s a team effort. Pastors, administrators, teachers, support staff and community members all work together to help our young people grow in their love for Christ, live healthy and productive lives, and contribute to the great community. It’s our hope that students think of their Catholic school family as an extension of their family at home; one where they feel safe, nurtured, inspired and loved.
The theme this year for schools in our diocese is “Anchored in Faith.” During Catholic Schools Week, I know schools will be finding ways to engage students in activities, assemblies, prayer services and liturgies centered on this theme. It’s a reminder that our faith keeps us steady, grounded and secure in who we know God wants us to be. Being anchored in our faith is central to who we are and what we do as Catholic schools.
If you have a child enrolled in one of our Catholic schools, check out your school’s schedule of events. If you don’t currently have a child enrolled with us, but want to learn more, contact the principal at a local Catholic school, visit https://www.evdio.org/schools-information.html, or stop by a school from 5-7 p.m. local time on Feb. 1. Each school will be hosting a “Come and See” evening where you can speak directly with a school administrator. Come, see and help us celebrate Catholic schools!