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.
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.
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).
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.