Catholic school students from 12 schools in the Catholic Diocese of Saginaw are participating in the nationwide celebration of Catholic Schools Week from January 30 to February 5. This year’s theme is “Faith. Excellency. A service.”
“In this Catholic Schools Week, we thank the families, teachers and many faithful who continue to make the schools flourish,” Bishop Robert Gruss said. “Our schools have seen a 6.5% increase in enrollment this year and it is a blessing to welcome our new families. Most importantly, we pray that our Catholic school communities grow in faith and love as students continue to be trained to share the gospel and love of Jesus Christ.
In December 2021, Bishop Gruss identified Eucharistic Renewal and Catholic schools as priorities for 2022 and beyond.
“This Catholic Schools Week will be a joyful celebration where students, parents, teachers and many others will celebrate, pray and serve the greater community,” said Superintendent of Catholic Schools Cormac Lynn. “This week reminds us of the enormous impact that Catholic education can have and the importance of this ministry.
The week-long national celebration of Catholic Schools Week highlights the many contributions of Catholic schools to the Church and community at large. In addition to planned service projects, special masses and fun school activities will take place.
As a group, Catholic school students rank among the best in the country. They have a 99% graduation rate and 94% go to college. Additionally, students in Catholic schools are known for the countless hours of service they provide in their local communities. In Saginaw Diocese, students help feed the poor, visit the elderly and raise awareness of important social issues.
The Catholic Diocese of Saginaw is home to 12 Catholic schools. School leaders, teachers, and staff are committed to excellence in faith formation, academics, athletics, the arts, and community service.
The legacy of Catholic school education in our diocese began in 1868. Our schools include: All Saints Central Elementary School, Bay City; All Saints Central Middle and High Schools, Bay City; Auburn Area Catholic School, Auburn; Nouvel Catholic Central Elementary School, Saginaw; New Central Catholic High School, Saginaw; Our Lady of Lake Huron School, Harbor Beach; Sacred Heart Academy, Mt. Pleasant; St. Brigid of Kildare School, Midland; St. Elizabeth Area Catholic School, Reese; St. Joseph the Worker School, Beal City; St. Mary’s School, Alma; and St. Michael’s School, Pinconning.