When I hear the words "Catholic Schools Week," I can’t help but think of field trips, out-of-uniform days and all-school Masses. From ages 4 to 14 at Christ King grade school in Wauwatosa, Wis., I anticipated this special week filled with class trips to the roller-skating rink, a book fair and an ice cream social. In high school at Divine Savior Holy Angels in Milwaukee, we celebrated Catholic School’s Week by donating our hair at the Locks of Love assembly and attending a multicultural production.
Now, as a student at Marquette University, I am thankful for my Catholic education for shaping my values, knowledge and faith. Each school I have attended has given me an extended family of people who provided a foundation of love and support for me and have helped me grow in and out of the classroom.
What has made Catholic education so important to me is that it’s so much more than religion classes once a day. Of course, any Catholic school alumnus has a basic knowledge of the history, people, processes and beliefs of the Catholic faith; and could probably recite all the prayers of the Rosary and list the seven corporal works of mercy. Beyond all that, however, students of Catholic schools learn and grow in an environment that makes Catholic values a priority -- something that the world needs more of: service to the poor and vulnerable, forgiveness and respect.
I am especially thankful for all my teachers for always making school a place of happiness and compassion for me. From kindergarten to high school, Catholic education has blessed me with role models who hold students to a standard of respect and commitment. For me, school has always been a place where shared morals and values among teachers and students foster an environment of understanding, leading to greater success.
The Catholic faith is a very important thing to me and to my family, and I have my Catholic education to thank for all the friends I have made, the opportunities I have been given and the success I have had.
This year, I won’t be taking any field trips or dressing up in theme for this year’s Catholic School’s Week, but I will take time to thank God for the blessings I have been given to attend these schools and pray for the continued success of teachers and students of Catholic schools everywhere.
Our Guest Blogger, Elizabeth Baker. Elizabeth is a sophomore at Marquette University studying Journalism and Spanish. She is from Wauwatosa,Wis., where she and her family are members of Christ King Parish. Elizabeth is currently an intern in the Marketing Department at the Catholic Financial Life in Milwaukee, Wis.
Catholic Financial Life believes in the value of a Catholic Education and helps our member-families through several Catholic school scholarship programs.