Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
National Catholic Schools Week, an annual celebration of Catholic education, will take place the week of Jan. 29 to Feb. 4. Catholic schools across the country will celebrate their gifts to the nation: Faith. Excellence. Service.
Evangelization continues as the focus for the Catholic schools of the Diocese of Davenport. Catholic schools participated in the synod process called for by Pope Francis. Youth in our diocesan Catholic schools took part in 44 listening sessions where 1,014 participants offered 1,367 comments on “what fills your heart” and “what breaks your heart.” During the spring of 2023, Catholic schools are eager to participate with their parishes in the discernment and planning process for the Year 1 theme of welcoming and hospitality.
The faith-filled adults in our Catholic schools act, embrace and provide an environment for our children based on the Gospel values within the Emmaus story — an encounter with Christ, the recognition of Christ, and a journey with Christ. Inspired by the disciples on the road to Emmaus, our Catholic schools have a clearly communicated mission centered on the Eucharist, which involves faith formation, academic excellence and service.
Schools typically observe the week with Masses, open houses and special activities for students, families, parishioners and other community members. Everyone is welcome to join in this celebration of faith and education. It is a great opportunity to see what our students are accomplishing and thank those responsible for helping to educate our children.
In order to accomplish the mission of our Catholic schools, we rely on many gifted and generous people, including the clergy, parents, administrators, faculty, staff, grandparents, volunteers and benefactors.
In my role as bishop of the Diocese of Davenport, I pray for the continued success of our Catholic schools and all faith formation activities in the diocese. Please join me in praying that our Catholic schools remain an extension of the Church, emphasizing Catholic teachings, virtues and traditions, while also valuing diversity and showing respect for all people. Happy Catholic Schools Week!
Sincerely in Christ
Most Rev. Thomas R. Zinkula
Bishop of Davenport