Catholic Schools Week
Rev. Larry Young
Every student in our Catholic schools is a precious gift created by God to be prepared to know who they are and to have faith in their future, to have excellent knowledge to pass onto future generations and to care for our world. Every child is taught to use this knowledge to be of service to others and to learn to respect all life.
Here in the Diocese of Oakland we are blessed with wonderful parents who are the first teachers of their children and sacrifice to provide the education of their children.
There are more than 1,330 teachers and staff members serving our Catholic schools and providing teaching, love and example to our children.
The Catholic School Department of the Diocese of Oakland is proud to be part of more than 2 million students in preschools, elementary and secondary schools in the United States.
We are proud of our 99 percent high school graduation rate and the strong student diversity of our parents, students, teachers and alumni.
The first Catholic school in the United States was St. Mary's in Philadelphia in 1783. Going forward, we will continue to strive to provide a Catholic school education to everyone who seeks it. Based on the average public school per-pupil cost of $12,608, Catholic schools provide more than $24 billion a year in savings to the United States as a result of our Catholic School system.
Look at our quality and the record of our graduates. Please consider our Catholic schools by enrolling your children, and encouraging others to attend. If you can, please offer to provide financial support to help families make their children's participation possible.
Thank you to all who are part of our Catholic school system and for all you do to educate the future of America.
(Father Larry Young is interim superintendent of the Department of Catholic Schools for the Diocese of Oakland.)
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