Catholic Schools Week

Students at St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic School work on a project in Naples in mid-January. (COURTESY)

Catholic Schools Week celebrated Jan. 27-Feb. 2

Venice | Each day is a celebration of educating the mind, body and spirit at Catholic Schools throughout the Diocese of Venice.

A more public celebration will occur the week of Jan. 27 to Feb. 2 when Diocesan schools will participate in a series of exciting activities as part of National Catholic Schools Week 2019.

Sponsored by the National Catholic Educational Association, the week provides an annual opportunity to share the good news about Catholic schools. This year’s theme “Catholic Schools: Learn. Serve. Lead. Succeed,” focuses on the important spiritual, academic and societal contributions provided by a Catholic education firmly rooted in the truth of the Gospel.

“Catholic Schools Week offers us an opportunity to celebrate all of the wonderful things happening in our schools,” said Dr. Ben Moore, Diocese Superintendent of Education. “Each school has a unique culture and will participate in Catholic Schools Week with a variety of local activities including open houses and community service.”

Dr. Moore said he encourages everyone to take this opportunity to participate in the celebration. “You can learn more about the academic rigor, extracurricular opportunities, dedicated faculty and staff, and Catholic identity prevalent throughout our schools that prepare our students to lead and serve.”

On the weekend starting Catholic Schools Week look for Catholic School students to speak at Mass to explain the benefits of supporting their education.

Throughout the week, schools will be focusing on a different theme each day — in our parishes, in our leaders, in our families, in our nation, in our community, and in our school. Many of the activities planned are open to the public, which will give the faithful an opportunity first-hand to see the positive benefits of a Catholic education.

“A Catholic education is an investment in the future of each child,” Bishop Frank J. Dewane said. “The Diocesan schools provide an understanding of the Catholic faith and a commitment to the practice of religion and with a strong set of values. There are some amazing things happening in our schools. It is important for everyone, whether they have a child of school-age or not, to support these schools.”

The 15 Diocesan Catholic schools, serving 4,336 students, is an investment in the future and serve as the heart of the Diocese, building the Catholic leadership of tomorrow. Schools are located in Bradenton, Sarasota, Venice, Port Charlotte, Fort Myers, Cape Coral, Naples, Ave Maria and Sebring.

Students in the Diocese receive an education that allow them to become critical thinkers, strong communicators and active members of society, thus equipping them for higher education, a competitive work environment, and most importantly, living a Christian life of virtue in a challenging society.

Scholarships are available to help ease some of the financial burden, and families should not assume that they wouldn’t qualify. In addition to school, Parish and Diocesan support, state scholarships such as Step Up for Students and McKay are also available.

The student always comes first at Diocesan Catholic schools. While being good stewards of tuition and donated funds, there is a continuing commitment by Diocesan schools to offer arts, athletics, and other co-curricular opportunities that contribute to a student’s education and development as a person.

Consistent academic excellence prevails at Diocesan Catholic schools, with the three high schools graduating every student and 99 percent going on to higher education, many with academic scholarships in hand. Students in all of the schools score at the advanced level on national tests while being grounded in the knowledge of the Catholic faith. n

ENDNOTE: For information about the Catholic Schools Week activities visit for a complete listing of the schools, phone numbers and links to websites.