Catholic Schools Weekby Senator David Vitter
Posted on 2013-01-28
VITTER. Mr. President, today I would like to recognize and
honor the valuable contributions of Catholic schools in educating our
youth throughout our great Nation. From January 27 to February 2, we
will celebrate Catholic Schools Week to bring attention to the
exceptional work and contributions to society that Catholic education
programs across the country provide.
These schools provide a comprehensive education that emphasizes moral, intellectual, and physical development in our youth and that fosters responsible individuals who positively contribute to our communities while leading lives grounded in the Catholic tradition. This year's theme, ``Catholic Schools Raise the Standards,'' demonstrates the high standard to which the Catholic schools of our Nation hold themselves and their unwavering commitment to promoting academic excellence and Catholic identity.
Catholic schools in Louisiana have continued to support this tradition of academic excellence and physical and spiritual well-bring, while allowing families to be involved and supportive in the educational process. Today, more than 2 million students attend Catholic schools around the country. More than 99 percent of attending students graduate, with more than 85 percent pursuing college degrees at 4-year institutions.
I am in strong agreement with the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, which stated: Education remains critically important in the formation of the human person by teaching how to live well now so as to be able to live with God for all eternity . . . Our schools serve both the faith community and society by educating children, young people and adults to contribute to the common good by becoming active and caring members of the communities, cities, and nation in which they live.
As a Catholic school alumnus, I know that Catholic school educators and administrators deserve recognition for their steadfast commitment not only to educating minds, but also to shaping hearts and cultivating the virtues that make our country and local communities stronger. In that respect, I am hopeful that the Senate will again pass my bipartisan resolution recognizing the valuable contributions of Catholic schools in the United States.
This week, we recognize the students, their families, teachers, administrators, all of our parish leaders, and our communities for their efforts to support our Catholic schools and continued achievement toward the education of our young people.