message from bishop
Dear Friends in Christ,
In 2008, Pope Benedict XVI gave an encouraging speech to educators about Catholic education in the United States. "No child should be denied his or her right to an education in faith, which in turn nurtures the soul of a nation," he said. I call upon all parents and grandparents to contemplate making a worthwhile investment in the lives of your children and grandchildren - a Catholic education – which is rich in both faith and academics.
In Proverbs, we find the following words: "Train a boy in the way he should go; even when he is old, he will not swerve from it." When a child receives a Catholic education, he or she is blessed with a unique opportunity to strengthen what is taught in the home.
Today's parents are faced with the difficult task of raising their children in a society where faith and values are not always encouraged, and Catholic schools provide additional support for parents to raise children with a strong Catholic foundation. When children are shown from a young age that their faith plays a pivotal role in their lives, they will carry that lesson with them for the rest of their lives.
Catholic schools do not only educate in an academic sense. Each child has been created by God for a purpose, and it is in Catholic schools where that purpose is realized and nurtured. Along with learning essential subjects like Math, Science, and English, students are learning something much more important. Students learn to be disciples of Jesus Christ. Catholic schools have become more of a necessity in today's world as parents search for a beacon of light in the midst of much turmoil. In our schools, I believe you will find this light - the light of Jesus Christ whose influence is ever present in our principals, teachers, and students. In addition, I believe you will find an excellent curriculum in all of our schools. Our principals and teachers are dedicated to ensuring your child receives a superior education.
Because excellent academics are coupled with faith, Catholic education has helped to produce faithful Catholics that have made a lasting impact in our world. In the Diocese of El Paso, we believe Catholic schools should be available to all Catholic children because we know Catholic schools are what "[nurture] the soul of a nation". I ask you to prayerfully consider giving your child or grandchild the gift of a Catholic education.
Sincerely Yours in Christ,
Most Reverend Armando X. Ochoa, D.D.
Bishop of El Paso