catholic schools week

Editorial | Catholic Schools Week reminds us of the sacrifices of early Catholic education pioneers

Two hundred years ago when Catholic education got its start in St. Louis, certainly the classroom experience was a bit rudimentary.

Our first educators, many of them women religious such as St. Rose Philippine Duchesne, didn't have much when they came to the New World. Their work was considered by many a heroic response to the needs of that day — often educating the poor and marginalized of society. In those early days, there was no formal teacher training, the resources were few and the sacrifices great.

Catholic School Olympics kick off joyous week for Catholic education


With music blaring, about 160 students from eight Catholic schools in the archdiocese joyfully claimed Courts 2 and 3 of Simon Recreation Center at St. Louis University.

In two lines, the sponsoring Billiken Teacher Corps formed a canopy for the youngsters to come through, skipping and dancing, whooping and hollering in anticipation of the fun times ahead that afternoon — the Catholic School Olympics to kick off Catholic Schools Week Jan. 28 to Feb. 3.

Crossing a Frontier


When St. Rose Philippine Duchesne ventured from France to the New World to establish schools here, the 70-day voyage across the Atlantic was certainly rife with hardships.

She had little money. Didn't know the culture. And she ate rock-hard sea biscuits on the voyage.

These were lessons learned by students at the Academy of the Sacred Heart in St. Charles, as part of Catholic Schools Week, which kicked off Jan. 28.

Bishops consider ways to revitalize appeal of a Catholic education

WASHINGTON — Catholic bishops are looking to "transform" Catholic schools in response to decades of declining enrollment that has forced hundreds of schools to close since 2005.

The effort, said the chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Committee on Catholic Education, encompasses a wide-ranging look at issues facing Catholic schools and a renewed effort to help parents better understand that the spiritual development of a child goes hand in hand with academic achievement.

‘There’s nothing like the love we have in our parish’


In a lesson about "known facts," third-graders at Incarnate Word School gave teacher Emilie Lamb examples from mathematics, such as five plus two equals seven, five times five equals 25.

Aiden Hadican raised his hand to offer an example: "Eight plus two equals 10," he said.

"That's right, Aiden," Lamb confirmed, adding praise. "Good job."

Over in the fourth-grade room, students surrounded Lily Gerbic's desk and helped her with a Spanish language quiz on her computer tablet, translating English words into Spanish.

Catholic schools open houses

In conjunction with Catholic Schools Week from Sunday, Jan. 28, to Saturday, Feb. 3, Catholic schools across the archdiocese will be hosting open houses.

Friday, Jan. 26

Holy Infant School, 8-10 a.m.

Sunday, Jan. 28

All Saints School, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Assumption School (O'Fallon), 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Assumption School and Early Learning Center (Mattese), 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Blessed Teresa of Calcutta School, noon-2 p.m.

Christ the King School, 11 a.m.-noon (after 10 a.m. Mass)

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