Posts Tagged ‘D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program’

A Time for Local Young People to SOAR

Wednesday, August 24th, 2016

This summer has seen some positive steps taken by politicians from both sides of the aisle, but more remains to be done. Last month, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill that, among other things, includes the Scholarships for Opportunity and Results Reauthorization Act of 2016 (SOAR), which would extend the highly popular D.C. […] [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]

Catholic Schools Week

Monday, January 26th, 2015

Last year, Pope Francis told a gathering of 300,000 students in Saint Peter’s Square that he learned to love school as a first grader and continued to love it as a teacher and as a bishop. He said schools prepare students to graduate speaking three languages – “the language of the mind, the language of […] [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]

President Lincoln and the Black Catholic Community of Washington

Monday, February 18th, 2013

In Washington, D.C., Abraham Lincoln looms large as the majestic statue in the Lincoln Memorial and as small as the pennies in your hand which bear his likeness. Today, Presidents’ Day, much attention will be focused on the Great Emancipator, as this year marks the 150th anniversary of his Emancipation Proclamation.  What may not be […] [Read more]