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The Gift of a Catholic Education

January 14, 2020
By Janet Donato

This year marks the 46th year that Catholic schools, nation-wide, set aside a week to highlight and celebrate the gift of Catholic schools. From Sunday, January 26, 2020 to Saturday, February 1,2020, Catholic schools in the Diocese of Memphis, in Tennessee will join with Catholic schools across the nation to celebrate with special Masses, assemblies, and activities for students, parents, teachers, parishioners and community members. This year’s theme is “Learn, Serve, Lead, Succeed.”

The Diocese of Memphis, Tennessee was established in 1971. Since 1971 our Catholic schools have served more than 352,000 students.  This year 5,210 students are enrolled in our 10 parish schools, Diocesan High schools and 3 private Catholic schools. The mission of our Catholic Church is the mission of our Catholic Schools: “Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always until the end of the age.” -Matthew 28:19.

A Catholic Education is an act of love. It is an act of love that forms the next generation of Catholics in our faith and tradition, that manifests a parents’ (and sometimes grandparents’) sacrifice and commitment that results in leaders who serve like Christ himself.  What an awesome gift to give to our children!