Catholic schools: A legacy worth preserving

Archbishop Paul S. Coakley

For more than 200 years, Catholic parents, clergy and religious have championed Catholic schools across the United States. Faced with a frontier culture that was often hostile to their values, the Catholic community built schools that allowed their children to grow in knowledge and faith – as good Catholics committed to improving their neighborhoods and society. And with sweat, resolve and prayer, these immigrants built the largest system of non-public schools the world has ever seen. We have inherited a remarkable legacy!

Catholic schools have educated many generations of young Catholics, forming them in faith, virtue, knowledge and a readiness to serve. They have breathed life into parishes and communities and, most importantly, drawn children into deeper communion with Christ and the Church. It is precisely because of these benefits that the Catholic community today must continue to invest in the future of our children and their schools.

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