One of the most amazing truths of our lives is that God calls man to seek Him, to know Him, and to love Him. God calls all men together in the unity of His family – the Church. Unfortunately, man has been scattered and divided by sin and has fooled himself in thinking that he does not need God and that the temporal world will satisfy his needs and make him happy.
The beauty of Catholic education is the opportunity to dispel this lie and to lead students to the truth that, as St. Augustine reveals in his book Confessions, their hearts are restless until they rest in the Lord. Catholic education is the vehicle in which the Church evangelizes and spreads the truth of God’s infinite love for mankind. It is through the study of the Catholic faith that students begin to know God and experience His love. The mission of Catholic education is to educate the whole child, intellectually, physically, and spiritually. It is only through the revealing of the truth that man was made in the Image and Likeness of God that students can respond to God’s call and become all that God created them to be – an Image of God.
Catholic education strives to do this through on-going catechesis, making students disciples of Christ, helping them to believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, and educating and instructing them in this life, thus building up the body of Christ. Catholic education achieves this through the proclamation of the Gospel, the examination of the reasons for belief, the experience of Christian living, the celebration of the sacraments, and the integration into the ecclesial community, resulting in young men and women who become apostolic and missionary witnesses to the Truth of God.
The mission of Catholic education is so much more than preparing students for a career or a life in this world. Catholic education is preparing students for eternity.