Catholic Review Column: They’re Going Back!

This week marks the start of a new school year. While many children may find the prospect of returning to class less than thrilling, many moms and dads think this is, as the song goes, “The most wonderful time of the year!”

Of course, moms and dads understand the value of an education and we are very blessed to have so many excellent schools in our area, including those in our own Catholic school system.

I wish to thank those parents who make great sacrifices to ensure their children are able to attend a Catholic school. Often parents will tell me the sacrifices that are required, but also how well worth that sacrifice their child’s Catholic education was. And studies support such anecdotal claims. According to the University of Notre Dame’s Alliance for Catholic Education:

  • 81% of students who graduate from Catholic schools attend college, compared to 44% of students in public schools. (99% of students graduate and 98% go on to college in the Archdiocese of Baltimore.)
  • Students who attend Catholic schools are more likely to attend church and remain active Catholics as adults.
  • Catholic school students are also more tolerant of diverse views, more likely to vote, more likely to be civically engaged, and earn higher wages than their public school peers.
  • The gifts of Catholic schools are not limited to those who attend them; they are a blessing to our nation, forming active and self-giving citizens, while lowering costs for public schools – by educating 2.2 million children, Catholic schools save the nation $20 billion annually.

As we work to make Catholic schools more affordable and accessible while ensuring their continued academic excellence and robust Catholicity, please know how grateful we are to you for entrusting our dedicated teachers and school leaders with the education and formation of your children.

Archbishop William E. Lori

Archbishop William E. Lori was installed as the 16th Archbishop of Baltimore May 16, 2012.

Prior to his appointment to Baltimore, Archbishop Lori served as Bishop of the Diocese of Bridgeport, Conn., from 2001 to 2012 and as Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Washington from 1995 to 2001.

A native of Louisville, Ky., Archbishop Lori holds a bachelor's degree from the Seminary of St. Pius X in Erlanger, Ky., a master's degree from Mount St. Mary's Seminary in Emmitsburg and a doctorate in sacred theology from The Catholic University of America. He was ordained to the priesthood for the Archdiocese of Washington in 1977.

In addition to his responsibilities in the Archdiocese of Baltimore, Archbishop Lori serves as Supreme Chaplain of the Knights of Columbus and is the former chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty.