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In praise of Catholic schools
MUCH OF THE RESEARCH on Catholic education conducted over the last five decades . . . has answered with a unanimous voice that without a doubt Catholic schools are an unquestioned success in every way: spiritually, academically, and communally. More to the point, the graduates they produce emerge as lifelong practitioners of their faith. These Catholic graduates have been, are, and will be our leaders in church and society.
Consider . . .
Sociologists have found that graduates of Catholic schools are notably different from Catholic children not in parochial schools in four important areas: 1) fidelity to Sunday Mass and a keener sense of prayer; 2) pro-life attitudes; 3) personal consideration of a religious vocation; and 4) continued support for the local church and community, both financially and through service projects, for the balance of their adult lives.
Catholic school graduates make good citizens, deeply committed to social justice, the care of the poor and the planet, proud volunteers in the church and in community.
The few points listed above are potent reminders of the many long-term effects that Catholic schools have on the formation of their students. As both history has shown and researchers have documented, there are plenty of reasons for all American Catholics to take proud ownership of Catholic schools.
—Cardinal-designate Timothy M. Dolan, from “The Catholic
Schools We Need,” America Magazine, Sept. 13, 2010
We're looking for a few more Vocation Match users for a vocation-promotion poster
|YOU OUGHT TO BE IN PICTURES: Please be part
of our Vocation Match poster.
THANKS TO THOSE who have responded to our call for photos. We could use a few more to round out our project.
If you've used VISION guide and/or the Vocation Match or Community Search service and found this award-winning resource helpful, we'd love to include you in a vocation poster we're designing.
Details: Please email us your name, the vocation you've chosen or are seriously discerning, and any additional details you'd like to share. We will also need a nice portrait-style photo of you.
Please don't be shy. Telling your vocation story is part of the Pope's call to evangelization. We definitely want others to see the happy faces of those who are seriously discerning or who have recently chosen their vocation--and we want future discerners to know that VISION is a reliable vocation guide.
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