To Teach as Jesus Did:
Catholic Education in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee
October 2, 2013
“Walk for Catholic Education: Homecoming 2013”
These beautiful fall weekends are perfect for homecoming celebrations of every type. High schools, colleges, and an increasing number of elementary schools regularly call their alumni back to where a specific segment of their schooling took place, usually for organized events, exuberant socializing, and, at our Catholic schools, prayers of gratitude and praise. It’s hard to resist the homecoming spirit of celebration that combines fond reminiscing with excitement about current and future growth.
On November 2, just one short month from today, a unique “homecoming” will take place in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee as over 5,000 walkers and countless additional supporters come together at Mount Mary University for the first-ever Walk for Catholic Schools: Soles for Catholic Education. This event, which is certain to be the largest single gathering of Catholic school students, parents, teachers, leaders, grandparents, alumni, and friends in the past 50 years, will be a celebration of the 170-year history of Catholic education in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee as well as a resounding “step off” into its very promising future.
I’m delighted to announce that 100% of our 110 Catholic schools will be involved in the walk in some way. Every dollar donated to an individual school by its supporters, either contributed directly to the school or pledged online through the school’s walk webpage, www.CatholicSchoolsWalk.org, will be used by that school for tuition assistance. In addition, any sponsorship money raised by a school through solicitation of local businesses or organizations will be kept by that school for the same purpose.
You might also please consider bringing or sending your gently used shoes for the “Stuff the Bus” project at the walk. A school bus will, we hope, be filled with all types and sizes of shoes which will be given to the St. Vincent de Paul Society for the benefit of those who need them for interviews, work, school, and everyday use. Many schools are currently collecting these shoes in their buildings now, and many of our own current students and their families may eventually be the beneficiaries of your generosity.
Finally, I strongly encourage you to visit the walk’s website for further information and heartwarming stories about why this event is so important for Catholic education in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee at this point in our history. Although our schools have changed much over the past 170 years, their essence has remained the same: strong faith formation and a top quality education that prepares students for life.
Even if you’re not able to participate in person on November 2, please pray for good weather, safety, and God’s continued blessings on our marvelous Catholic schools. If you’re able to walk with us that day, I’m confident that you’ll immediately recognize and be absorbed by the familiar, unmistakable “Catholic school spirit.” Welcome home!
Kathleen A. Cepelka, Ph.D.
Superintendent of Catholic Schools