Welcome back to school!

The Diocese of Evansville’s 26 Catholic schools, which are located in eight of the diocese’s 12 counties, returned to the classroom with opening days between Aug. 4 and Aug. 12.

Look for more back-to-school coverage in future issues of The Message.


Holy Trinity School — East Campus, Jasper

On Aug. 23, Jon Temple, principal of Holy Trinity Catholic School - East Campus, poses for a picture with a photo opportunity available at the school, which highlights the 2021-2022 theme among all 26 Catholic schools: “Catholic Schools: Saints in the Making.” The first day of school for Holy Trinity students was Aug. 11. Submitted photo


St. John the Baptist School, Newburgh

Diocesan Assistant Superintendent of Schools Michelle Priar, left, helps students at St. John the Baptist School in Newburgh with a fun science experiment Aug. 18. St. John students returned to school Aug. 5. Submitted photo


Holy Rosary School, Evansville

Holy Rosary School students and their backpacks are blessed by Father Bernie Etienne, pastor of Holy Rosary Parish in Evansville, at the 2021 Back to School Bash after the Aug. 7 Mass. Nearly 200 parish families, friends and neighbors enjoyed hotdogs, cool treats, fun water games and the blessing. The first day of school for Holy Rosary was Aug. 5. Submitted photo


Sts. Peter and Paul School, Haubstadt

Students at Sts. Peter and Paul School in Haubstadt kick-off the new school year by celebrating Mass together. The first day of the 2021-2022 school year for the prekindergarten- through fifth-grade school was Aug. 12. Submitted photo


Rivet Middle and High School, Vincennes

Rivet Middle and High School students, as well as faculty and visitors, are reminded to pray when they pass this sign hanging in the hallway. Rivet went back to school Aug. 12. Submitted photo


Corpus Christi School, Evansville

Corpus Christi School returned to the classroom Aug. 9 and celebrated with a 50s theme. Principal Martha Craig, far right, is pictured with some of her staff on the first day of school, which also included games with students to kick-off the 2021-2022 school year. Submitted photo


St. Wendel School, Wadesville

Students at St. Wendel School in Wadesville celebrate their eagle pride in new spirit-dress shirts provided by the Parent Teacher Organization. Submitted photo


Annunciation, Holy Spirit Campus

Students at Annunciation Catholic School’s Holy Spirit Campus in Evansville are all smiles and ready for the new school year. They returned to the classroom Aug. 5. Submitted photo


Reitz Memorial High School, Evansville

Administrators, teachers and students from Reitz Memorial High School in Evansville, as well as Diocesan Superintendent of Schools Dr. Daryl Hagan and Andrea Greaney, coordinator of student services and school information systems, greet returning students with colorful posters and smiles on the first day of school Aug. 5. Submitted photo


Mater Dei High School, Evansville

Mater Dei High School assistant principal for curriculum, professional development and testing coordinator Melba Wilderman, far left, Mater Dei campus minister Chad Breeden and Diocesan Superintendent of Schools Dr. Daryl Hagan welcome freshmen and sophomores back to school Aug. 4. On Aug. 5, juniors and seniors returned to the classroom, and by Aug. 6, all Mater Dei students were back. The Message photo by Megan Erbacher


Good Shepherd School, Evansville

Good Shepherd School principal Kristen Girten poses for a picture with a student on the first day of school Aug. 5. Girten said her PTO used chalk to decorate the sidewalk with uplifting messages to welcome students back to school, as well as provided fun signs for photo opportunities. The Message photo by Megan Erbacher


St. Benedict Cathedral School, Evansville

St. Benedict Cathedral School students enjoy their first recess of the 2021-2022 school year Aug. 5. Submitted photo