By Fr. Rich, O.P.
To begin, I would like to thank the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet. They were responsible for my elementary school education and gave me a love of my faith and a solid grounding in Catholic doctrine. In all seriousness, I am also thankful to the Jesuits for the role that they played as well. They gave me a love of learning, the tools to discover knowledge, and a deeper sense of my faith.
The religious, priests, and lay people who have committed their lives to Catholic education are a source of pride for me. Not only do they transmit the fundamentals of our faith, but also they ensure that their students are well versed in all the other subjects that are required in today’s world.
So thank you to those who are responsible for Catholic education in our community. You stand in a long tradition of commitment, excellence, and discipline.
Blessings on your work and on your lives. Thank you for what you share with our children and our teens. As a friend of my offered once upon a time, “You are worth many sparrows!”
Dear Newman Center Parishioners,
Thank you for all of your support in the Catholic education of the youth in your community. It allows students like me to achieve their academic and athletic goals in a faith-enriched environment. We appreciate the time, service, and money put forth for the betterment of our community. God bless!
Brooke Hedrick, Tolton Catholic Junior
I am Claire Glaude, eighth grader at Our Lady of Lourdes Interparish School. I have attended OLLIS for nine years, and they have been some of the best of my life. OLLIS has provided a safe, loving environment for many children to learn and grow. It is a unique situation to experience because the wonderful faculty and staff accept and encourage the practice of Catholic beliefs and principles. Every student’s faith is accepted and acknowledged, and we learn about our faith like any other core subject. Because my faith is so important to me, I, and many of my classmates, are supremely grateful for the opportunity to express ourselves and our love for God.
While being taught critical subjects like math, science, literature, and social studies, we are also educated about the history of the Church, the important sacrifices made by saints, and how to live out the will of God. God is the most important part of every OLLIS student’s life. In class, we learn how to be good, kind people and how to take care of our fellow individuals.
I am incredibly appreciative of the support and education OLLIS has offered me over the past nine years. OLLIS has helped shape me into the person I am today, and I can’t begin to thank the tireless teachers and faculty members who have helped me through the primary years of my education.
Claire Glaude, OLLIS Eighth Grader