Take a close look at Catholic schools today and you will see the continuum of time — a proud heritage focused purposefully on a challenging future.
The face of Catholic education is changing, but our mission remains clear and constant. In their earliest days, Catholic schools served the children of immigrants, primarily in our cities. In my youth, they became a spiritual and intellectual home to legions of baby boomers in communities large and small. Today, Catholic school students exemplify the richness and diversity of society in the 21st century.
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.
However, it is unfortunate that because of the financial stresses placed on families today, a Catholic education is not within the reach of every parent who desires for their children a learning environment that places Jesus Christ at its center.
Next weekend, the diocese will conduct its annual Share in the Spirit collection. Gifts to the collection coupled with funds from the diocesan Vision for the Future education trust enables our diocese to open the doors of our schools to families in need of financial assistance. This school year, $601,500 will be provided in tuition assistance to the families of 306 students. While this support is significant, there were more than 600 other children whose families qualified for aid but unfortunately there was not enough money available to help them.
We are committed to providing a high-quality education in our schools and we will strive to make that education available to all who desire it. When you Share in the Spirit, you help us work towards that goal.
Sincerely yours in Our Lord,
Most Reverend W. Francis Malooly
Bishop of Wilmington