January 2021

My Dear Friends in Christ:

Each year during Catholic Schools Week, beginning the weekend of January 31 and running through February 6, 2021, we discover and celebrate what makes a Catholic education special and pay tribute to those who foster our schools’ excellence. Guided by the Holy Spirit, the Catholic Schools of the Diocese of Superior form the whole person through faith, knowledge, and community. Catholic schools have always been uniquely positioned to thrive during challenging times. The dividends of a Catholic school education last a lifetime. There is no better way to invest in a child’s future or the future of the Catholic Church.

Catholic schools are also a vital part of the teaching mission of the Church and continue to be the most effective means available to the Church for the education of children and young people who are the future of the Church.

We are all challenged to help make schools available, accessible, and affordable to all Catholic parents and their children. Here in the Diocese of Superior, the burden of supporting our 14 Catholic schools should no longer be placed exclusively on the individual parishes that have schools and on parents who pay tuition. This will require all Catholics, including those in parishes without schools, to consider their stewardship of the greater Church.

As we observe Catholic Schools Week, we continue the tradition of a special diocesan-wide collection that will provide an additional and immediate source of support for schools based on the number of students.

Please know that no gift is too small. Our response to this appeal is an expression of our discipleship and our unity with Catholic school communities throughout northern Wisconsin. It is my hope and prayer that each of us will participate in our Special Collection for Catholic Schools that will help ensure a vibrant Church well into the future.

Thanking you for your life of stewardship and faith, I am

Gratefully yours in the Lord,

Most Rev. James P. Powers
Bishop of Superior