Formation of the Whole Person: Seeking Wisdom in Education

By: Caitlin Forst, Office of Communications

This week schools across Northern Virginia are opening their doors to prospective parents and students as well as members of the community. These special events are part of Discover Catholic Schools Week – an opportunity to discover why so many students, alumni, faculty and staff value a Catholic education.

Students at All Saints, Manassas


Sister Bernadette McManigal, regular blog contributor and superintendent of schools, and the Office of Catholic Schools staff.

There are those who may wonder why the Catholic Church is so enthusiastic about education and why so many parishes administer schools along with other responsibilities.


Bishop Loverde greets students at Paul VI High School's Options Program, which serves students with intellectual disabilities.

In his recent trip to England, Pope Benedict spoke about the wisdom gained through a solid education.

As you know, the task of a teacher is not simply to impart information or to provide training in skills intended to deliver some economic benefit to society; education is not and must never be considered as purely utilitarian. It is about forming the human person, equipping him or her to live life to the full – in short it is about imparting wisdom. And true wisdom is inseparable from knowledge of the Creator, for “both we and our words are in his hand, as are all understanding and skill in crafts” (Wis 7:16).

Fr. Cregan, pastor at Blessed Sacrament, meets with students at lunch.

While there are only a few days left in Discover Catholic Schools Week, Catholic schools are available to address your inquiries throughout the year. Learn more about why teachers and staff dedicate themselves to careers in Catholic education, why students value the formation they have received and why parishes support these schools as important centers of strong academic and human formation.

Bishop Ireton High School at the March for Life

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