Alice Chen wasn’t expecting to receive a class ring at Mercy High School in Baltimore this school year.
PROSPECT HEIGHTS — Years before Stan Verrett was delivering daily sports news and highlights, the longtime ESPN anchor roamed the halls of predominantly-black St. Augustine High School in New Orleans, Louisiana, as a student from 1979-1984.
In anticipation of Catholic Schools Week 2022, The Tablet proudly presents this special pullout section with valuable information for current and prospective Catholic school parents on Catholic schools in Brooklyn and Queens.
Catholic school enrollment figures for the current school year — significantly impacted by the pandemic — dropped 6.4% or more than 111,000 students from the previous school year, which is the largest single year decline in almost 50 years.
In anticipation of Catholic Schools Week 2021, The Tablet proudly presents this special pullout section with valuable information for current and prospective Catholic school parents on Catholic schools in Brooklyn and Queens.
Inspired by Pope Francis, who recently declared 2021 as the “Year of Joseph” in his apostolic letter “Patris corde,” the Diocese of Brooklyn will be engaging in a “Year of Renewal for Catholic Education.” The overarching goal of the campaign is to strengthen the understanding that Catholic education is evangelization.
My dear brothers and sisters in the Lord,
Catholic Schools Week is a time for everyone to celebrate the great success stories of Catholic education within the Diocese of Brooklyn. During this special week, we celebrate the significant accomplishments of the students entrusted to us. We recognize the commitments made by our parents, the dedication of our teachers and staff, the leadership of our principals, the work of the board of directors, and the spiritual leadership of our pastors and parish priests. Truly, the theme of Catholic Schools Week: Learn, Serve, Lead, and Succeed is evident in all of the Catholic Academies and Parish Schools.
An annual event that dates back to 1974, Catholic Schools Week is a time when Catholic schools across the country hold a variety of community-building activities that range from Masses, open houses and musical and talent showcases to “buddy days” where upper grades mentor younger students in their schools.
“Can you do a backflip?” isn’t the average question that Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio must address, but during Catholic Schools Week, students at St. Gregory the Great Catholic Academy, Bellerose, got a chance to “Stump the Bishop” with inquiries that showcased their inquisitive innocence and curiosity.
MILLIONS OF Catholics in the United States were educated in Catholic schools during the past two centuries. It is no secret that such education has yielded amazing fruits for this particular faith community and for the larger society.