WASHINGTON, D.C. -- "Catholic Schools: Character. Compassion. Values." is the theme of Catholic Schools Week 2006.
The week runs from January 29 to February 4 in Catholic schools throughout the nation. The observance begins on the last Sunday in January every year.
National Appreciation Day For Catholic Schools will be observed Wednesday, Feb. 1.
Two other highlights of the week are Vocation Appreciation Day on February 2 and National Appreciation Day for Catholic School Teachers, a tribute to the 163,000 Catholic educators, observed February 3.
A longtime tradition in Catholic education, now in its 32nd year, Catholic Schools Week became part of the National Marketing Campaign for Catholic Schools in 1991. This year-round program is a collaborative undertaking by the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).
Dr. Karen M. Ristau, who became NCEA's president in July, said, "Catholic Schools Week is an especially good time to celebrate character, compassion, and values. Many of our schools in the Gulf suffered serious damage in the hurricanes. True to their character, most of them have reopened. Other students across the nation contributed more than $1 million in a Child to Child relief effort, demonstrating that their compassion and values are enduring." Full story ...
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton House: Opens new doors
MADISON -- The Society of St. Vincent de Paul in Madison (SVDP) has just opened its fourth St. Elizabeth Ann Seton House, renovating an old, worn-down house in the Marquette Neighborhood here into what will soon become a warm place for women and children.
The new St. Elizabeth Ann Seton House (Seton IV), a newly remodeled two-unit building directly next door to the first Seton House, will serve as temporary housing for women and children coming out of homelessness.
The program, named in honor of the first American-born Catholic saint, has served hundreds of women and children since it was first started in 1990. In 2005 alone, it provided a welcome roof to 70 individuals in 51 households, including three newborns.
Making things new
According to Ernie Stetenfeld, communications director for SVDP here, the previous owner, when selling her house, wanted very much to sell to SVDP because they had "been good neighbors," often helping to mow her lawn and shovel her sidewalk.
And when taking a tour of the new Seton IV, he said, she was very much surprised by - and pleased with - how different the house looked after all the remodeling was done.