Our Catholic schools put
children first – because they are beloved by God
By PAMELA LYONS
Superintendent of the Department of Catholic Schools of the Archdiocese of San Francisco
Happy Catholic Schools Week! I am so proud of the strong Catholic communities, innovative educational programs and dedicated people we find at each of these schools. You may be wondering what is it that separates the Catholic schools of the Archdiocese of San Francisco from the many other schools in Marin, San Francisco and San Mateo. You may be asking yourself, why Catholic school?
When children enter a Catholic school, they are treated as God’s beloved children, created in his image and likeness, and as such are inherently good. In other words, all of our students are beloved because they are created by God. Catholic schools create educational opportunities that not only address the intellect, but of equal importance, the spiritual, moral and social aspects of every child. We recognize the importance of academic excellence and are diligent about ensuring that our students are receiving an education on par with and, in most cases, an education that greatly surpasses other local public and private institutions. The difference lies in our pursuit of academic excellence as a pathway to a greater good. Our curriculum is rooted in the Gospels that inspire a love of learning and the intellectual pursuit of the truth. I always tell our teachers that we are educating our students to change the world, by contributing to the kingdom on earth, with their ultimate goal being entrance into the kingdom of heaven.
Never have our schools been clearer in their purpose of furthering the mission of the church by ensuring that our schools are truly grounded in the Catholic faith and committed to academic excellence, cultivating the virtuous life, nurturing a Christian community and nourishing a Catholic worldview. This school year, more than 22,000 students attend Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of San Francisco. We welcome those members of our community who are not currently attending a school in the archdiocese to visit a Catholic school and experience for yourself all they have to offer. I also invite you to visit our website at schools.sfarch.org. Our goal in creating this site was to provide you with important information about our 22 preschools, 56 elementary schools and 12 high schools in Marin, San Francisco and San Mateo counties. Join us in our mission to grow our students’ understanding that they are God’s beloved so they may fully realize God’s plan for them.