It is nearly the beginning of August, and although hard to believe, “back to school” advertisements are in full swing! While students are frantically trying to soak in as much summer as they have left to enjoy, here at the Catholic Services Appeal Foundation we are hard at work ensuring that assistance is available to those in need who attend Catholic grade schools and high schools.
Keeping in mind that the next academic year is on the horizon, we want to take this opportunity to recognize the gift of Catholic education. The Archdiocese regards the promotion of Catholic education as very important to the health and flourishing of the Archdiocese as a whole and from a larger scope, Pope Francis supports and has explicitly stated the necessity of working to make Catholic education more affordable, especially for the poor and marginalized.
A subsidy program was established years ago to assist grade schools in economically depressed areas of the central cities of Saint Paul and Minneapolis. The Catholic Services Appeal contributes to the funding of this Archdiocesan subsidy program with an annual budget totaling $1,375,000, going toward the support of Catholic grade school education.
Additionally, the Archdiocese began a scholarship program for students in financial need to attend any of the 14 Catholic High Schools of the Archdiocese. Over the years, families have received individual $2,500 scholarships which are awarded solely based on need. Annually, the CSAF budgets $800,000 to be distributed to these individuals seeking a Catholic, high school education.
In a very literal way, your generous donation directly contributes to the future and longevity of our Church! Allowing students to learn in an environment which cultivates faith, encourages a life of striving for holiness, and in this way, forms the minds of young people, is imperative to the continuation of a strong, faithful Catholic church in our world.