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Our Catholic Schools in California: A Stellar Past, A Robust Future

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January 28, 2016

A Statement by the California Catholic Conference of Bishops

Our California Catholic schools have a stellar past, and they have been a substantial resource, not only for the Church, but for society as a whole. As we commit ourselves to support and promote our statewide network of Catholic schools, let all of us – clergy, laity, state and civic leaders – remember the blessing and gift that Catholic schools have been for generations of students, many of whom were newly arrived immigrants with dreams and hopes for a better future. They were educated by modern saints, primarily women religious, whose tireless effort and dedication ensured that their students grew strong in faith and intellect, and led lives of leadership and service to the common good. 

Today, we, the bishops of California, are proud that our Catholic schools continue to educate all students, including the newly arrived immigrant and the often neglected student on the margins of society. We know that, with God’s grace and our concerted, collaborative effort, California’s Catholic schools have a robust future. The children we educate today will become tomorrow’s leaders for both our Church and for society, for our schools are both a ministry of the Church, and serve the common good, and ultimately benefit the individual student, the whole Church, California, and our nation.
 
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