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The Most Rev. David L. Ricken is the 12th bishop of the Diocese of Green Bay.

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Catholic Schools Week: The future looks bright

By Bishop David Ricken | January 25, 2022

This coming week we will once again celebrate Catholic Schools Week, Monday, Jan. 31, to Friday, Feb. 4. Over the years, I have referred to our Catholic schools as diamonds in our own backyard. We are blessed to have a strong tradition of Catholic education in our diocese. Countless young people have come to our schools to learn about their faith and grow academically, socially and spiritually.

The excellence that exists in our Catholic schools does not happen by accident. It begins with the work of the Holy Spirit, who daily inspires and animates the work of our schools. 

But it also requires the dedication and hard work of so many people, from our principals and administrators, to our teachers, school secretaries, custodians and other support personnel, to the many volunteers who assist with serving lunch or planning events or monitoring recess, and to the families who entrust their sons and daughters to us.

My heart is filled with gratitude for all the people who help make our Catholic schools places of transformative learning, and I want to offer my thanks to you.

To our Catholic schools’ staff: I want to personally thank you for your hard work and dedication, especially during this long and drawn-out pandemic. These last two years have been particularly challenging and required you to get comfortable with change, and you have done so with patience and grace. I am so proud that you have kept our students learning and thriving!

To our families: thank you for your continued support of Catholic education for your child. We realize that you have choices when it comes to your children’s education, and we are so grateful that you see the value in what Catholic schools offer. Your investment of time, energy and resources is helping our children build a strong moral foundation rooted in Jesus Christ for the future. That future is one filled with great hope and promise!

Finally, thank you to the over 9,000 students enrolled in our schools! I know that these last couple of years have been difficult for you as well. I am grateful that you have continued to bring your enthusiasm and your desire to learn with you to school each day. I pray the rest of your school year is a success and that you grow abundantly in your love of Jesus.

Let us all remember the greatest lesson our Catholic schools offer — how to build a relationship with Jesus. Put Jesus and his love for you first, and watch the amazing things he does in and through you! The future looks bright!

God bless each of you and have a Happy Catholic Schools Week! 

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