Bishop Jackels: faith fills each lesson in our Catholic schools

The St. Katharine Drexel Catholic School Fund helps St. Patrick Parish, Wichita, form students. (Advance photo)

A conversation with Bishop Michael O. Jackels
I never attended a Catholic school until the seminary. That was partly because it was not always available and partly because we couldn’t afford the tuition.
I went to a Parish School of Religion, and I have a high regard for Catholic education in a Catholic school because I believe it has the greatest potential for helping parents form their children into disciples of Jesus.
Religion courses are not just reserved for one lesson each day in a Catholic school. Ideally our faith permeates the whole day in the spirit of the school through prayer and religious ideas and articles shared in classes.
I remember watching a film about evolution in a 5th or 6th grade science class, and when it was over I raised my hand and asked, “What about God? I thought God created the world.” The teacher became nervous and changed the subject because she was unable or uncomfortable discussing religion in a public school.

In a Catholic school faith and reason can be as they are: wed together.
Catholic school has the greatest potential for forming not only the best person but the best citizen. Life is more than just “me.” It is caring about and for others.
The St. Katharine Drexel Catholic School Fund is so named because she shared the same conviction.
St. Katharine Drexel inherited a fortune from her parents, and she used her fortune guided by her Catholic faith to establish schools, colleges and universities for underprivileged minorities across the United States. She used her great fortune to provide for others a great fortune – a great education.
Through the St. Drexel fund the parishes of the Catholic Diocese of Wichita are better able to provide a Catholic school education to every child, helping parents form their children into disciples of Jesus Christ.

Goals of the TOGETHER vision
• Strengthen the oneness between parish and diocese.
• Deepen our practice of stewardship as a way of life, sharing responsibility for the mission of the Church.
• Invite everyone to help fund seminarian education, Catholic formation programs and a renovation of the Cathedral campus.