I love our Catholic Schools. They make me very proud of this archdiocese. Every year, I look forward to the opportunity to visit each of our schools. In this issue of the Sooner Catholic, we want to share some of the reasons why we are so proud of our schools. In anticipation of Catholic Schools Week (Jan. 26 through Feb. 1), you will find a special insert in the following pages celebrating our Catholic schools as communities of faith, knowledge and service. This annual observance provides an opportunity to affirm, to promote and to renew our commitment to the important mission of Catholic education.
The Church in the United States is blessed with the strongest networks of Catholic schools anywhere in the world. In addition to the many fine schools founded and staffed by religious congregations, our system of parish schools in archdioceses and dioceses across the country is without equal.