My dear Brothers and Sisters,
There are alternatives to Catholic Schools, but there is no substitute. You have heard me say this many, many times. I keep repeating it because I sincerely believe it is true. As a product of a Catholic school education I can attest to this fact. Catholic schools have as their primary purpose the transmission of our beloved faith. To be sure, we provide a wonderful well-rounded education in all areas of learning, but our primary purpose — the purpose for which our Catholic school system in this country was founded — is to transmit the faith. And what a sublime mission that is!
As our students return for another school year I offer my profound thanks to all who make our Catholic schools possible. I am grateful to the parents of our students who entrust them to our care. Your sacrifice in sending your precious children to a thoroughly Catholic school in our diocese is a witness of the depth of your own faith.
I thank our superintendent of schools, Michael Clines, and his staff who oversee our 29 grade schools and our nine high schools for your guidance and direction and for, in so many ways, safeguarding the mission and purpose of our Catholic school system under your direction. I thank our administrators, faculty and staff for your unflagging dedication to and care of our students and for the sacrifices so many of you make to give your life to Catholic education.
I thank our priests for your support and encouragement of parents who entrust their young to our Catholic schools and for your cooperation in assuring that our vital mission of Catholic schools continues.
I thank all our parishioners and other benefactors for your generous support of Catholic schools in our diocese. Without you it would be well-nigh impossible to continue to offer this marvelous gift to so many.
As we begin another year of Catholic school education in our diocese let us ask the Lord Jesus, the Supreme Teacher, to watch over, guide, guard and protect all those who are involved in any way with this essential ministry.
God bless you and those you love.
Yours devotedly in the Lord,
Most Rev. Roger J. Foys, D.D.
Bishop of Covington