Why the St. Katharine Drexel Catholic School Fund is important

Why the St. Katharine Drexel Catholic School Fund is important

The St. Katharine Drexel Catholic School Fund provides financial support to those parishes that struggle financially to carry out the mission of Catholic education in a parish school.  To qualify, a parish must be spending at least 50 percent of its Sunday income on Catholic education and 30 percent of its families must qualify for the federal free and reduced lunch program. Most importantly, parishes must be fully participative in stewardship as a way of life in the parish.  

We are blessed to have many Catholics who are graduates of our Catholic schools and other faith filled people who see the importance of what our Catholic schools do each and every day and support this fund with their own gifts of treasure.

Why we need the St. Katharine Drexel Catholic School FundWhy we need the St. Katharine Drexel Catholic School Fund

O'Keefe, Bryan; "Wichita, Making Catholic Schools Affordable Again" Who will Save America’s Urban Catholic Schools? (2008): 22-33

Many schools date back to the early 1950's. They need funding to keep their structures safe and secure.

The fund provides financial support these schools can use to help:

  • Normalize teacher salaries that average $10,000 below the diocesan average
  • Replace outdated textbooks
  • Upgrade libraries with new books and technology
  • Provide innovative programs to address learning needs
  • Fine arts to support varied learning styles
  • Assistive technology
  • Tutors for students needing assistance
  • Hand manipulatives for math and science
  • Counseling services
  • Support for professional development
  • Replace obsolete resources and various capital improvements
  • Technology
  • Installation of new washroom facilities
  • Updated plumbing
  • New or updated playgrounds
  • Upgraded electrical wiring and heating systems
  • Security Systems
  • Updated facilities
  • Painting/Landscaping
  • Desks and Chairs

Requirements for Recipients of Grants from
St. Katharine Drexel Catholic School Fund
2015/2016 Fiscal Year

  • All funds must be spent on Catholic school education.
  • Serious effort must be given to strengthening stewardship as a way of life as measured by the annual stewardship grant application.
  • Parishes must be spending at least 50% of Sunday income on Catholic school education.
  • At least 30% of the parish students enrolled in Catholic schools must qualify for free or reduced/price lunch.  If a parish’s average dips below 30% for one year, the parish will receive a one year exemption.
  • The parish must have at least fifteen low income students.
  • Any high school direct support and subsidy debt must be reduced year over year.
  • The school must have a written strategic plan with measurable goals to meet the benchmarks for competitive Catholic schools.