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Sister Mary Paul McCaughey, OP, is superintendent of Catholic schools for the Archdiocese of Chicago. A Chicago native, she has 37 years of experience as a Catholic school teacher and administrator.

Monday, February 01, 2010

Catholic Schools Week 2010: "Dividends for Life"

Catholic Schools Week means grandparents' day, open houses, special prayers, and projects filled with gratitude spilling out of the Catholic Schools of Cook and Lake Counties. When the National Catholic Educational Association marketed the theme “dividends for life,” it was uncannily close to our Archdiocesan “Lessons that Last a Lifetime” annual report focus. If you call up the report, you can read the data and experience the generous spirit that always makes me smile.

But I think maybe you'd have fun looking at local school life as well to experience faith and excellence and shared expectations in action. Peek at the daily news report at St. John Brebeuf (Niles); look at the YouTube “Nets” campaign for Africa at Holy Family (Inverness) or the “Hearts for Haiti” project at St. Barnabas (Chicago); marvel at the Trib band video for Marian Catholic or the WGN special on renewable energy for Haiti at Mother McAuley or other great front-page stories; celebrate Blue Ribbons at St. Joseph (Libertyville) and St. Raymond (Mt. Prospect). Or how about the new websites at St. Stanislaus (Chicago) and St. Thomas the Apostle (Chicago).

Go ahead - use the schools website to link to some of your favorites. See the faith, focus, and achievement of our Catholic Schools on-line - or, better yet, in person - and let me know what jewels you find. There are always challenges, but this is the time to celebrate who we are and WHY we are. Enjoy your glimpse of grace in 255 places that work and love.

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Comments

Wednesday, February 03, 2010 10:37 PM

Thanks, Carol and Frank...for viewing the stories and appreciating those who made them possible: teachers (along with our parents!)

Sr. Mary Paul McCaughey, OP

Wednesday, February 03, 2010 11:15 AM

Hi Sister Mary Paul! To celebrate Catholic Schools Week 2010 in our Archdiocese of Chicago, I personally would like to thank each and every teacher responsible for educating our young people. I would like to see these courageous women and men featured in The Catholic New World. We owe them more than a pat on back. Next to a mommy and a daddy, the role of a teacher is a "pearl of great price." Let us never forget this... God Bless all the good teachers everywhere, and God bless you, too, Sister Mary Paul!! You're doing a great job!

Carol B.

Tuesday, February 02, 2010 4:05 PM

I enjoyed exploring the Catholic Schools by clicking on the links Sr. Mary Paul provided.

Frank K.

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