With the start of another school year, our thoughts quite naturally turn toward our Catholic youth and the hope they provide for the future of our Church and society.
Through the years, Catholic school education has endured as an instrument of evangelization, transmitting the treasure of our faith and values to new generations. The Catholic school experience not only arms our children for the challenges they will face as adults, it prepares them to become intellectual and moral leaders in our society.
Our challenge in these difficult times is to provide a Catholic education to every child who desires one. The cost of education is increasing and the resources of many families have been stretched to their limit.
On September 24 and 25, the diocese will conduct its annual Share in the Spirit collection. Monies drawn from the diocesan Vision for the Future Education Trust and raised through the Share in the Spirit collection enable the diocese to make Catholic education affordable to many families who desire it, regardless of their economic circumstances. This year, the fund is providing $606,400 in tuition assistance to 282 children. However, because funds are limited, only thirty-two percent of the families who qualified will receive tuition assistance this year.
Please join me to ensure the future of our children by contributing to this worthy need. When you “Share in the Spirit” you will not only pass on the gift of Catholic education to the children who seek it, but you will also be making a valuable investment in the future of our Church.
Sincerely yours in Our Lord,
Most Reverend W. Francis Malooly
Bishop of Wilmington