Today we kick off Catholic Schools Week, a celebration and promotion of our Catholic schools here in the Diocese of Kalamazoo. I would like to reiterate my encouragement to all of you to consider the serious importance of forming the souls of our young according to the Gospel of Jesus Christ; of teaching them how to pray, how to defend the Faith and evangelize. Without this formation, our young ones become the next generation to once again fall away from the Faith as soon as they are presented with opposition from our culture – usually beginning in high school. The Diocese provides and promotes Catholic education in order to assist parents in preparing their children for a faithful, virtuous and holy life in this world and, most importantly eternal life in heaven.
Here at St Ann, we have the great privilege of having not only a Catholic school of our own but a school with a unique form of education. As I have mentioned in a previous column and a letter to the parents, I, along with the parish and school staff, have been meeting regularly with the Diocesan office of schools to unify our two schools into a single entity. In addition to this, we have been reviewing and modifying curriculum, receiving funds to hire classically-trained instructors, and discussing governance of the new school. It is so exciting to have a school that provides something so special – both Montessori and Classical forms of education in one place! Please keep our school in your prayers, and stay tuned for the announcement of our new name!