The field of education has many challenges in the modern era. In addition to providing a solid academic education, schools are asked to do much more in the areas of extra-curricular activities. A winning sports program with a multitude of different sports--you better have one! The best band and choral groups around--absolutely! A top-notch drama program with award winning set designs--bravo! Art shows that demonstrate talent comparable to Picasso, Rembrandt, and Michaelangelo--magnificent! Oh, and one other thing, can you make this happen with no additional funding? Good times!
Today, I simply want to say thank you to all the school administrators, faculty members, and the support staff who give so generously of themselves to create safe and healthy learning environments for the students entrusted to our care. In a particular way, I especially want to thank all of these educators in the Catholic school systems across our country. You are truly sharing in the life and the mission of Jesus Christ and His Church. May you experience God's grace and blessing throughout the whole academic year!