The Importance of Our Catholic Schools

Did you know that since 1990 more than 400 new Catholic schools have opened in the United States? Unfortunately, during that same period there’s been a net loss of more than 760 Catholic schools. We now have fewer total students in Catholic schools in the United States then we did in 1930 despite the fact that the Catholic population has tripled since then.

I got a chance to sit down with Archbishop J. Michael Miller, CSB. He served as the secretary for the Congregation for Catholic Education in Rome, and so we discuss what the Church teaches about our Catholic schools. We go over the history of how participation in our schools has decreased, the importance of a partnership with parents, and the five essential marks of Catholic schools.

Catholic schools have a beautiful mission to evangelize, so for anyone who loves schools and loves the mission of the Church, this episode is for you!


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Jim Jansen – Director of Pastoral Services, Archdiocese of Omaha

with Archbishop J. Michael Miller, CSB, Archbishop of Vancouver

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