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Leadership Vision: 2018 – 2019

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"Leadership Vision:  2018 – 2019"

Recently, at our Opening Day for Catholic school leaders in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, I shared my annual Leadership Vision for our schools in light of the celebration of the 175th anniversary of the archdiocese that begins in November.

The theme of the 175th anniversary for 2018 - 2019 is Proclaiming Christ:  Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow.   Mindful of that three-fold challenge, I urge all of us who serve as Catholic educators in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee to live out our mission of evangelization this year by:

Proclaiming Christ:  Yesterday

  • Studying and reflecting on the histories of our individual schools, focusing especially on those who founded and sustained them in their early years and learning to appreciate their faith, determination, and sacrifices.
  • In the spirit of our founders, creating environments in our buildings that are alive with Scripture and the saints.


Proclaiming Christ:  Today

  • Finding new ways to publicly proclaim, honor, and reflect on the Word of God in our classrooms and our schools.
  • In our ongoing efforts to create and sustain cultures of respect in our buildings, modeling St. Francis of Assisi’s instruction:

    Preach the Gospel at all times; when necessary, use words.

Proclaiming Christ:  Tomorrow

  • Accepting the “175-Minute Challenge” to perform approximately three hours of service, based on one or more Catholic Social Teachings, as short-term actions leading to long-term professional and personal goals.
  • In the spirit of our founders, making our schools exemplars of hospitality to all, especially the weak, the stranger, the suffering, and the poor.

A blessed 175th anniversary year!


Kathleen A. Cepelka, Ph.D.
Superintendent of Catholic Schools


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