“Forming disciples is the mission Jesus gave the Catholic Church and by extension our Catholic schools. It must be our constant reference by which we can judge our true success.” -Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila

On December 9, 2020, Archbishop Aquila and the Archdiocese of Denver announced a Year of Discernment to proactively study and analyze the current strengths, challenges, and opportunities of our Catholic schools and discern a plan for the continued renewal and strengthening of our Catholic educational mission. This will be a collaborative effort involving the entire Catholic school community including our pastors, principals, teachers, parishioners, parents, and students.  The process will include four phases (timeframes approximate and subject to change):

  • Research: Thru March 2021
  • Analysis: March—May 2021
  • Discernment of Renewal Plan: May—August 2021
  • Finalization of Renewal Plan: September—November 2021

To learn more about the Year of Discernment please read letters from Archbishop Aquila and Superintendent Elias Moo:

Message from Superintendent Elias Moo on the Year of Discernment


With the continued growth of the metro Denver community, the Office of Catholic Schools has been exploring the possibility of expanding Catholic secondary education/high school programming options within the south-central corridor of the region. Families in the metro Denver area are invited to participate in a survey to better assess the interest and feasibility of an additional Catholic high school and its location.

In 2020, the Chesterton Academy of St. John Paul II opened in Windsor, Colorado, to serve families in northern Colorado. The school is currently located at Our Lady of the Valley Parish, but is exploring options for a permanent home with facilities as it continues to grow its high school program. Families in northern Colorado are invited to participate in a survey to help gauge potential long-term enrollment and determine possible locations.