Dear Friends of Catholic Education:

| February 18, 2016

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The start of a new year and the celebration of Catholic Schools Week give us a moment to pause and reflect on the many accomplishments that our Catholic schools have achieved and the many blessings that have been bestowed upon us as administrators, teachers, students, alumni and supporters of Catholic education.

This year’s theme—Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service—fits well into our Light the Way celebration as we honor those who have served our diocese for 40 years or more! This is an incredible achievement, and each and every one of these honorees certainly has given more than his/her fair share of faith, knowledge and service to our schools through the diocese. On top of that, we are so pleased to celebrate the ten year anniversary of our Light the Way event. Yes, it has changed over the past decade, but the true purpose—honoring those so truly committed to Catholic education—has remained at its core, and for that we are grateful.

Overall, our Catholic schools continue to thrive with nearly 5,000 students in our 22 schools. There will continue to be challenges, of course, as we further our mission of educating the next generation of children within the Catholic faith, but we have so much for which to be thankful. First, we are celebrating receiving accreditation of all 22 of our schools—both individually and the school system as a whole. This has been a long and complex process; we can all be proud that we have been recognized by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools for the outstanding work we do each day.

In addition, you can read in the pages of Pillars magazine about some of our best, brightest and most faith-filled: the Pullano family who has kept faith as the center of their lives through unspeakable tragedy, a recent Ludden grad who is continuing his journey at the Catholic University of America; a Sister who is bringing students from Seton Catholic to help those struggling in Haiti; and even a furry, four-legged friend—who is near and dear to my own heart—bringing comfort into the hearts of our students at the Catholic Academy at Pompei.

Whether you’re new to us or have been a part of us for decades, we appreciate your commitment and ask for your continued support of Catholic education in the Diocese of Syracuse.

With gratitude and blessings,

William Crist
Superintendent

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