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Catholic Schools Mission

The mission of the Office of Catholic Schools is to assist the Bishop in his mandate as Teacher of the Catholic faith, by establishing a climate and framework for fostering excellence in catechetical and academic education in the schools of the diocese in adherence to the Magisterium of the Church.

The mission of the Diocesan Schools is to develop and nurture the spiritual, intellectual, social, and emotional growth of each student in the spirit of the Gospel and teachings of the Catholic Church.


Diocesan Vision

Catholic Schools ~ Diocese of Richmond

Proclaim to be formative communities of prayer, worship, justice and peace.

Known to be integral to the mission of the church and as the responsibility of the entire Church.

Are positioned as the heart of the Church’s life, and as such share in the responsibility of being church in the world.

Nurture personal growth, scholarship, life-long learning, service, and responsible stewardship.

Congratulations, Saint Matthew’s! Three 8th graders and two 7th graders walked away winners at the Fleet Reserve Association Essay Contest Awards Ceremony held on March 2. This year’s theme was “What Patriotism Means to Me” with entries submitted from schools across Hampton Roads. Over the past 8 years, Saint Matthew’s students have won $17,100 in prizes. Wow!

Congratulations to some very talented 8th graders! On Saturday, February 24th, Saint John the Apostle won first place in the South Hampton Roads Science Bowl at Bishop Sullivan Catholic High School. The competition began in 2012, and this is the second time Saint John the Apostle has won first place.  Under the leadership of science teacher, Adam Ratte, the team will participate in an upcoming Science Bowl held at Jefferson Lab.