Catholic Schools Week starts Jan. 27

Starting Sunday, Catholics schools across the Maryland and the United States will observe Catholic Schools Week.

First held in 1974, National Catholic Schools Week is the annual celebration of Catholic education in the United States. The theme for National Catholic Schools Week 2019 is “Catholic Schools: Learn. Serve. Lead. Succeed.” It starts the last Sunday in January and runs all week, with daily themes for each day.

According to the National Catholic Education Association, schools typically observe the annual celebration week with Masses, open houses and other activities for students, families, parishioners and community members. Through these events, schools focus on the value Catholic education provides to young people and its contributions to our church, our communities and our nation.  

"Catholic Schools Week is an annual reminder of the important role Catholic education plays in the lives of Maryland children and our communities," said Garrett J. O'Day, deputy director of the Maryland Catholic Conference. "Nearly 50,000 Maryland children learn every day in Catholic schools and that's why the Conference works diligently to ensure that their schools are supported and that families, whether Catholic or not, able to choose Catholic education."

Each year, the Conference partners with Maryland CAPE (Council of American Private Education) to welcome more than 1,000 Maryland nonpublic school students to Annapolis to advocate for BOOST scholarships and other aid. This year the Nonpublic Schools Advocacy Day will be held on March 12. To register your school, visit: www.educationmaryland.org/advocacyday