Celebrating Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service is at the heart of this year’s Catholic Schools Week which began Jan. 25 and ends Jan. 31. Catholic schools across the nation will celebrate Catholic school education with friends, family and the community. Schools in San Antonio typically celebrate with special Masses, open houses, and other activities for students, families, parishioners and community members.
Catholic schools in San Antonio and the surrounding area represent 13,000 students. Catholic schools enjoy small class sizes and experts believe it is one of the factors that contributes to high success rates, including a 99 percent graduation rate nationally and at the 10 area Catholic High Schools in the Archdiocese of San Antonio.
“The small class sizes lead to a culture which promotes a family atmosphere. Combine that with an emphasis on Faith and Service, and it becomes clear the ingredients are ripe for success,” said Julie Seguin, Director of Hope for the Future, an organization within the Archdiocese of San Antonio that provides tuition assistance to Catholic school families in need.
Catholic Schools Week not only celebrates the students but the faculty, staff and many clergy, sisters, brothers and other men and women in religious life that make Catholic education possible.
Even Pope Francis recognized the importance of teaching in Catholic schools through his Twitter account: “Let us thank all those who teach in Catholic schools. Educating is an act of love; it is like giving life.”
This is the 41st year celebrating Catholic Schools Week, which is supported by the National Catholic Educational Association. Find a school in your area at SACatholicSchools.org and celebrate on social media with #CSW15.