Editor’s Note: The following is a Catholic Schools Week message from Tina Stanger, Superintendent of Catholic Schools for the Diocese of Crookston.
Catholic Schools Week! This is a great time in Diocese of Crookston Schools! We have so many blessings from God. The first is YOU! Your families are committing to a wonderful, faith-filled education in our schools. Total enrollment in our eight schools is up once again, higher than we have seen in the last 10 years.
The second blessing I need to mention is the leadership and staff in each school. Your pastors, administrators, faculty, and staff are wonderful examples of how our school work is a ministry. In a world where their work is never really finished, they are examples to our students of living out their faith at work and home.
As Pope Francis said, “The mission of schools is to develop a sense of truth, of what is good and beautiful. And this occurs through a rich path made up of many ingredients.” These many ingredients are part of our tradition and our future. Even now, our schools in the Diocese of Crookston are working together to develop a method of examining our “ingredients”- our curriculum- as a team. Teachers and leadership in each school are dedicating time to making all of our schools stronger through a unified curriculum review process. At a later time, we’ll share a bit more on how this will improve your school but retain each school’s unique identity, materials and methods. For now, I’ll say that more collaboration saves work for all of our schools.
I never cease to wonder at the generosity of the people in the Diocese of Crookston. Your support of the Diocesan Annual Appeal helps the Office of Catholic Schools as well. For that I’m grateful.
Now, I pray for you. I pray that even more hearts will be open to the possibility of Catholic education. Holy Spirit, come! Happy Catholic Schools Week, everyone!