Lipinski Introduces Resolution Celebrating Catholic Schools Week

Congressman Dan Lipinski (IL-03) has introduced a resolution celebrating Catholic Schools Week and honoring the outstanding work of Catholic schools in the Chicago area and across the nation.  Catholic Schools Week, which begins this year on January 29th, has been an annual event since 1974.  This year’s theme is “Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge, and Service.” 

Lipinski’s resolution expresses support for “the vital contributions of the thousands of Catholic elementary and secondary schools in the United States” and “the key role they play in promoting and ensuring a brighter, stronger future for the nation.”  It recognizes that Catholic schools produce academically successful students, foster a commitment to service, family, and community, and accept students from all faiths and backgrounds.

“I really appreciate what a blessing it is to be educated in Catholic schools,” said Rep. Lipinski.  “My own desire to go into public service was fostered by dedicated teachers, administrators, and clergy throughout my years at St. Symphorosa Grammar School and St. Ignatius College Prep in Chicago.  In recognizing Catholic Schools Week, we honor the many teachers and administrators who sacrifice so much, in most cases working for less than they could earn elsewhere.  Some of my favorite memories are of teachers who ingrained in me the values of faith, knowledge, and service.  I can’t thank them enough.”

Schools typically observe the annual celebration week with Masses, open houses, and other activities for students, families, parishioners, and community members.  During the week, Congressman Lipinski will visit several schools in the district.

It is estimated that Catholic schools save Chicago area taxpayers over $1 billion annually by lowering the number of students in overburdened public schools.

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