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Statement from Bishop Barry C. Knestout on Catholic Schools Week 2021

For Immediate Release: January 26, 2021

Bishop Barry C. Knestout has issued the following statement regarding Catholic Schools Week, which will be celebrated from Jan. 31 – Feb. 6, 2021:

“As we celebrate Catholic Schools Week, we are reminded of the gift that our Catholic schools are, not only to our Church, but to our communities in what they provide.

“First and foremost, they provide faith formation — formation steeped in Scripture and Church teaching — for more than 8,400 children and youth in our diocese.

“They provide quality education in all subject areas, preparing future generations to use their God-given skills and talents to the best of their abilities.

“Service is part of our Catholic schools’ curriculum. Students are taught to put into practice what they learn in the classroom. They are taught that charity and service to the poor and vulnerable are life-long commitments.

“During this week, let us give thanks to God for our Catholic schools, especially for the parents, teachers, principals, staffs, students, alumni and donors who compose the fabric of those schools.”