By Dr. Erin Barisano     5/21/2019

As we approach the end of another school year, I am grateful for each one of you who give your time, talent, and treasure in advancing the mission of Catholic education.  One of the most unique traits of Catholic schools is that of building community.  In 1972, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops proclaimed that education is one of the most important ways by which the Church builds community (To Teach as Jesus Did, USCCB).  Over 40 years later, this proclamation continues to hold true at our Catholic schools here in the Diocese of Orange.

This year, we have focused on fostering collaboration, building community, and growing in communion with one another.  Our journey continues to be guided by our diocesan strategic plan and school sustainability report.  With the leadership of our bishops and in solidarity with one another we continue to make disciples of our children and families and guide them into a deep relationship with Jesus Christ.

In this Illuminate, we feature some of the accomplishments happening in our communities, as well as highlight some recent activities, some tips for your school teams, and a preview of upcoming events.

Thank you for your continued commitment to our Catholic schools! As always, please continue to pray for all those involved in the ministry of Catholic education.  In the busyness of our lives, it is sometimes difficult to recognize those moments of grace and light that surround us.  May we all strive to recognize the blessings that surround us and see along the light of God’s grace.