Posts Tagged ‘Catholic schools’

Catholic Schools Week 2018

Monday, January 29th, 2018

My visits to our Catholic schools often deliver valuable lessons themselves.  During one meeting with young students on a particularly cold wintery morning, I asked, “Why would you come to school on such a miserable day?” Then a fourth grade boy responded with great conviction, “I come to this school so I can get an […] [Read more]

Homily: Opening of Catholic Schools Mass

Monday, August 22nd, 2016

Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception Monday, August 22, 2016 Dear brothers and sisters in the Lord. It is a great joy for me to welcome all of you to this Mass for the Opening of Catholic Schools as we begin another academic / pastoral year in this archdiocese. The importance of your […] [Read more]

Golden Apple Teachers

Wednesday, May 11th, 2016

Leaving an apple on a teacher’s desk is an enduring sign of thanks for the difference he or she makes in a child’s life. This evening, we will show our own appreciation to ten outstanding teachers from Catholic schools across the Archdiocese of Washington by awarding each of them a Golden Apple for their teaching […] [Read more]

The Catholic Identity of our Catholic Schools

Sunday, January 31st, 2016

Once when I visited one of our Catholic schools, on a particularly cold and blustery day, I asked the assembled students, “Why would you be here on such a miserable day?” One fourth-grader stood with great pride and answered, “I come to this school so that I can get a life.” His schoolmates nodded and […] [Read more]

Saint John Bosco and Promoting Educational Opportunity with the Maryland Education Tax Credit

Friday, January 30th, 2015

This year we celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Saint John Bosco, whose memorial feast day is tomorrow. Popularly known as “Don Bosco,” which is Italian for “Father Bosco,” he dedicated his life to the education of disadvantaged young people. To advance his educational ministry, he founded a society that became known as […] [Read more]

Happy Birthday Archdiocese of Washington!

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

Today we celebrate a special moment in our history.  On this day 75 years ago, July 22, 1939, the Archdiocese of Washington was born. When Pope Pius XII issued his papal bull establishing the archdiocese at the request of my predecessor, Archbishop Michael J. Curley, it only included the District of Columbia. Eight years later, […] [Read more]

Educational Solidarity and the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program

Thursday, January 30th, 2014

This winter we have known some cold and snowy days.  It calls to mind a time I visited an inner-city school one blustery, wet January morning and asked the assembled students, “Why would we be here on such a miserable day?  Why did we come to school today?”  One fourth-grader stood with great pride and […] [Read more]