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1825 Thomas Jefferson wrote to a young man who was named after Jefferson. Jefferson wrote, "Adore God. Reverence and cherish your parents. Love your neighbor as yourself, and your
country more than yourself. Be
just. Be true. Murmur not at the ways of Providence. So shall the life into which you have
entered, be the portal to one of eternal and ineffable bliss."
As the new school year begins, and we think of the importance of the purpose and mission of our Catholic schools, we hope and pray that our students and young people will see in our school community the example and lesson of living a life of virtue now so as to "be the portal of one of eternal and ineffable bliss."
As we begin the 2014 academic year we ask Jesus Christ to enlighten all our teachers, students, parents and staff. We ask for guidance for our pastors, school boards and benefactors of all our Catholic schools. God bless you all!
 Bennett, William.Our Sacred Honor:Words of Advice from the Founders in Stories, Letters, Poems, and Speeches.New York:Simon and Shuster, 1997, p. 413.
Questions about the applicability
of the CCSS are being raised in Catholic schools across the country. These Frequently Asked Questions are intended
to respond to some of those concerns.
A special FAQ Resource about the Common Core State Standards from the Secretariat of Catholic Education is now available online by clicking here.
We are deeply committed to supporting the proclamation of the Gospel through our primary and secondary Catholic Schools, Catholic higher education, campus ministry, certification for ecclesial ministry, and support of children and parents through advocacy and public policy in our Nation's Capital.
We recall the statement made by the Second Vatican Council, "Holy Mother Church must be concerned with the whole of man's life, even the secular part of it insofar as it has a bearing on his heavenly calling. Therefore she has a role in the progress and development of education." (Gravissimum Educationis, Preface) Education remains critically important in the formation of the human person by teaching how to live well now so as to be able to live with God for all eternity.
Catholic education addresses the development of the whole person through spiritual and academic formation based on the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The mission of Catholic education provides a particular environment for the New Evangelization by presenting the Gospel anew within the school and parish communities.
Our schools serve both the faith community and society by educating children, young people and adults to contribute to the common good by becoming active and caring members of the communities, cities, and nation in which they live. As you explore this web site, we ask for your support of Catholic education through prayer and action on the school, parish and national levels.
The committee provides guidance for the educational mission of the Church in the United States in all its institutional settings. The Committee on Catholic Education guides, directs, and coordinates this task, working closely with the Committee on Evangelization and Catechesis. The scope of the committee’s work includes Catholic elementary and secondary schools, Catholic colleges and universities, and college campus ministry. The committee advocates for federal public policies in education that are consistent with Catholic values and that uphold parental rights and responsibilities regarding education.
This mandate includes the following areas of responsibility:
Catholic primary and secondary schools, including school public policy
issues, parent relationships and advocacy; Catholic higher education,
especially presidents and campus ministry; and Ex corde Ecclesiae.
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