More than 6,340 students in 31 Catholic schools across the Diocese of Grand Rapids are celebrating national Catholic Schools Week, Jan. 26 – Feb. 1. This year’s theme is “Catholic Schools: Learn. Serve. Lead. Succeed.” Events will highlight how Catholic education provides lifelong benefits for students and their communities.

From the Bishop

Read Bishop Walkowiak’s letter to parishioners (English and Español)
Read letters exchanged by Bishop Walkowiak and Kevin Quinn, Ph.D., President of Aquinas College.

It is an annual tradition to have several hundred student representatives and educators from across the diocese gather for Mass at the Cathedral of Saint Andrew to give thanks for the gift of Catholic school education. This year, Superintendent Dave Faber shared an exciting announcement immediately following Mass, about a new scholarship opportunity as well as free tuition drawings.

Schools also plan their own celebratory activities each day. Browse a list of activities below; several events offer the community opportunities to learn more about our Catholic schools firsthand.

Nearly 1.8 million children across the United States attend Catholic schools. Catholic Schools Week began in 1974 and is a joint project of the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).

“Many Gifts, One Nation”

Catholic schools in the Diocese of Grand Rapids are participating in “Many Gifts, One Nation: A Day of Giving to Catholic Schools”. The 24-hour giving event begins at noon on Jan. 28. The donation page to support the diocese’s Office of Catholic Schools can be found here. Donors may also search the “Many Gifts, One Nation” database to make a gift to a particular school.

Support Catholic education during the “Many Gifts, One Nation” event

Michigan lawmakers adopt resolutions recognizing Catholic Schools Week

Click here to read the state House of Representatives resolution.
Click here to read the state Senate resolution.

Open Houses and Catholic Schools Week events

Click here for an open house calendar featuring opportunities to learn about enrolling at a Catholic school near you!
here for a list of Catholic Schools Week events.