Catholic educators call Abp. Carlson 'big supporter'

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson was a blessing for Catholic schools in the Saginaw Diocese, according to educators there.

“He’s such a strong supporter of Catholic education and believes that Catholic education is still the best way to pass the faith on to the students and to families,” said Sister Ann DeGuise, a Bernadine Franciscan who is principal of St. Thomas Aquinas School in Saginaw.

The students have enjoyed his visits, she added.

Barbara Shaffran, a volunteer at the school, said Archbishop Carlson had worked to make Catholic schools affordable for families. “He has on many occasions said that he has benefitted from Catholic education from the time when he went to school. He is grateful for that and wants that for the people of this diocese,” she said.

Shaffran, who has been involved in a finance committee for the Saginaw Area Catholic School System, described Archbishop Carlson’s efforts as “untiring.”

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