Catholic schools teach faith, academics and service
On January 29, 2012, we begin national Catholic Schools Week, our annual celebration of Catholic education. This year’s theme is “Catholic Schools: Faith. Academics. Service.” What is wonderful about this theme is that it clearly expresses three priorities that make Catholic schools stand out from other educational institutions.
At Catholics schools, our children learn faith, not just the basics of Christianity, but how to have a relationship with God. They benefit from high academic standards, which help each student reach his or her potential. They also learn the importance of service, both as an expression of faith and a manifestation of good citizenship. This focus on faith, academics and service prepares students for meaningful lives in their families, communities and Catholic Church.
During Catholic Schools Week, the schools in our diocese will open their doors to the parishes and communities so that all can share in its culture of faith, academics and service. Each school has several meaningful and enjoyable events planned. I encourage you to take part and to ask friends and neighbors to visit your local Catholic school, particularly those considering Catholic education for their own children.
I hope that you will join me in expressing heartfelt appreciation to the teachers, staff, administrators, board members, and volunteers for the important work they do on behalf of the children of the Diocese of Sioux City. They truly make our schools stand out.
Your brother in Christ,
Most Reverend R. Walker Nickless
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