Dear friend of Catholic schools,
After his Resurrection, Jesus spoke to his disciples on a mountain in Galilee. “Go… and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you” (Mt 28: 19-20). In this Great Commission, Jesus calls us to spread the Gospel far and wide. Echoing his words, the bishops of the United States remind us that “Catholic education is an expression of the mission entrusted by Jesus to the Church he founded. Through education, the Church seeks to prepare its members to proclaim the Good News and to translate this proclamation into action” (To Teach as Jesus Did, 1972).
With this lofty calling in mind, last year, 200 committed stakeholders worked to develop a vision for the future of Catholic education in the Archdiocese of Denver. This vision, contained in the document Worthy of the Name, sets forth a plan to ensure that our schools faithfully respond to the call of Jesus and are truly worthy of the name “Catholic.”
It is not enough for the Catholic schools of the Archdiocese of Denver to merely remain open. Our schools must continue to be vibrant communities of academic, social, and spiritual excellence. We must have schools that are on mission, dedicated to forming intentional disciples of Jesus Christ. Our schools must be excellent in every way, with superior academics, faith formation, and governance.
The Catholic schools must be accessible to all who desire an education in the Gospel values, regardless of socioeconomic status or geography. Finally, our schools must be sustainable for the future, ensuring the presence of a Catholic education to the families of northern Colorado for generations to come.
It is only through these actions that we may live up to the ideal expressed in the document of the Sacred Congregation for Catholic Education titled, The Catholic School: “The Catholic school is committed thus to the development of the whole man, since in Christ, the perfect man, all human values find their fulfillment and unity… Its duty to cultivate human values in their own legitimate right in accordance with its particular mission to serve all men has its origin in the figure of Christ.”
In the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus describes the Kingdom of Heaven as a pearl of great price that inspires a merchant to sell all he has to obtain it (Mt 13:45-46). Shouldn’t we feel the same about our Catholic educational institutions, tasked with leading our students to heaven?
If we truly believe that our schools have the power to form young men and women into intentional disciples of Jesus Christ, preparing them for a future in service to their Church and to their fellow man, then, clearly, the Catholic schools of the Archdiocese of Denver are worthy of our investment.
Sincerely yours in Christ,