Dear Presidents, Principals, Faculty, Staff and Students of our Catholic Schools,
As Bishop of the Diocese of Trenton, I write at the beginning of “Catholic Schools Week” to celebrate with you the great gift of Catholic Education that is the blessing of our Catholic Schools. I can never adequately express my gratitude to you and to the parents and supporters of our Catholic Schools who make Catholic Education possible throughout our four counties. We have a rich heritage of spiritual and academic excellence that is a special source of pride to all of us.
This year’s theme, “Catholic Schools: Faith, Academics, Service,” truly identifies the three precious jewels in the crown of what we do and do best in our Catholic Schools. We exist to hand on our Catholic faith, whole and entire, to our students. We exist to encourage our students to strive for excellence in the pursuit of truth and learning. We exist to inspire our students to put their faith and knowledge to work in genuine, compassionate, loving service to our neighbor as we fulfill Christ’s command “to serve and not to be served.”
It is a joy to see and experience our faith in action through all that our Catholic Schools accomplish in our world, things that happen only through your hard work, commitment and sacrifice. This week calls us all in the Diocese of Trenton to offer a continuous chorus of thankful prayers to God for our Catholic Schools. May they continue to be the lamp that lights our path, the fire that warms our soul, the inspiration that moves us forward to embrace one another and our future with confidence in Jesus Christ who is “the Way, the Truth and the Life.”
Thank you for all you do and may God bless you all!
Most Reverend David M. O’Connell, C.M.
Bishop of Trenton