While Catholic Schools Week can cause a little more chaos than usual, it is a beautiful chance to celebrate what makes us unique. The joy I see on the faces of parents and grandparents as they join in the festivities is a true blessing. "Donuts with Dads" was very popular. Seeing the students attend Sunday Mass in their school uniforms reminded the entire parish that we all share in the mission of Jesus Christ and His Church to proclaim the Good News of Salvation.
As Superintendent of Catholic Schools for the Diocese of Cheyenne for eight years, I frequently traveled to the Catholic schools throughout the state during this week of celebrations. I spoke at different events, preached at Sunday Masses to kick-off or close Catholic Schools Week, participated in National School Choice events which often coincided with Catholic Schools Week, and overall, helped market and promote Catholic schools. I remain grateful to the many dedicated principals and teachers in the Catholic schools throughout Wyoming. I have followed your events on social media this year. You are still doing good work. Thank you for your dedication and faithfulness.
This year, I am seeing the events of Catholic Schools Week up-close and personal by being in a single parish. I am grateful to Mr. Brian Pope for his excellent leadership as principal of the school. The administration, faculty, and support staff of St. Francis by the Sea Catholic School are dedicated individuals giving very generously of their time and talent to build an institution that truly gives glory and honor to God. Yes, I frequently see them working in their rooms after hours and on the weekends. They are committed to the mission of the Catholic school.
While there are still a couple of days left in Catholic Schools Week, I just want to say, "Thank You!" to all who made this week a phenomenal success here at St. Francis Catholic School (and at Catholic schools all across the country). Parents, grandparents, volunteers, and all the parishioners who give generously of your time, talent, and treasure to support the work of the school--thank you!