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“Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service”
January 26 to February 1

Chicago, IL (January 24, 2014) – Catholic Schools Week begins Sunday, January 26. The theme for this year’s observance is Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service.  This annual, nationwide celebration will feature local school activities including special Masses, open houses and visits from civic representatives and Archdiocesan officials, including Sr. Mary Paul McCaughey, O.P., Superintendent of Catholic Schools.

With elementary school enrollment on the rise, a new strategic plan and the launch of a $350 million campaign for Catholic education, there is much to celebrate in our Catholic Schools. “Bringing faith, focus and achievement to more families is the result of a commitment to excellence, engagement and energy,” states Sr. McCaughey.

The Archdiocese of Chicago is the largest diocesan school system in the nation, with over 84,000 students attending 244 Catholic schools in the Archdiocese and over 6,000 educators. Catholic Schools Week is an opportunity to celebrate the communities, the families and the achievements at all the elementary and high schools in Cook and Lake Counties.

Most Catholic elementary schools will host open houses on Sunday, January 26 for prospective families exploring admissions for next Fall. Parents or guardians seeking information about these events and looking for Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Chicago can visit the Catholic Schools Website where a school locator and contact information for each school can be found.

The most recent Office of Catholic Schools Annual Report showcases many accomplishments of the past year. This report provides a look at the year in review and highlights the major accomplishments, such as the unveiling of the Strategic Plan, the launch of AdvancED accreditation for the entire elementary system, as well as the generosity of the community in supporting our schools. In addition, the recently produced “Parents Rock” video  was created to send a message of gratitude and appreciation to the parents who choose Catholic schools for their children.

The annual Catholic Schools Week celebration is a joint project of the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). This year marks the 40th anniversary of the week, established in 1974 to recognize Catholic education as a great gift to the Church and the nation.

Current information about Catholic Schools Week activities is included on the Archdiocese of Chicago Catholic Schools Facebook page,

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