Dear Friends of Catholic Education:

| April 16, 2015

Photo of William CristAs we prepare to celebrate Catholic Schools Week, it’s hard to believe that we’re at the halfway point in the school year, and I’m sure you’re as amazed as I am at the many accomplishments our students have achieved in their classes, friendships and extracurricular activities since they began in September. This is the first time I’ve had the pleasure to celebrate Catholic Schools Week in my role as superintendent, and I’m looking forward to the many Masses, open houses and special events that showcase the best and brightest of Catholic education around the diocese.

This year’s theme—Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service—certainly fits particularly well with the mission of our 22 schools. Whether you’re a teacher, a parent, an alumnus or any of the thousands of others who show their support for Catholic education in our diocese, you understand how important these attributes are to our schools and the more than 5,000 students in Pre-K through 12 who fill their halls every day.

Here on the pages of Pillars magazine, you will see fine examples of how these qualities thread through every aspect of our school community and help make Catholic education the unique experience and valuable investment in the future of every one of our children. You’ll read of the sacrifices a refugee family makes to keep their children in Catholic schools, as well as the partnership another very special family formed with one of our elementary schools to ensure the success of a child with autism. You’ll see some of the benefits of our working partnership with Le Moyne College under the leadership of its recently-appointed president, Linda Le Mura, a true champion of Catholic education; and you’ll marvel at the ways in which our schools continue to embrace the digital age in the classroom. In addition, you’ll see how the seeds of service are planted in the story of a
community giving garden at one school and a commitment to water conservation at another. These are just examples of what goes on in and around our Catholic schools every day, thanks to so many who are committed to ensuring that Catholic education continues to thrive in the Diocese of Syracuse.

I thank you for your faith, knowledge and service to our Catholic schools, and ask for your continued support as we continue this important mission.


William Crist

Category: Superintendent's Message

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