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The Catholic Herald: Official Newspaper of the Diocese of Madison

January 24, 2002 Edition   •   Volume 132, No. 3   •   Madison, Wisconsin, U.S.A.

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The Catholic Herald is the official newspaper of the Diocese of Madison. Its purpose is to inform and educate people of the Diocese through communications that proclaim Gospel values, report the news, and comment on issues as they pertain to the mission of the Catholic Church, which is to bring all in Jesus Christ to the Father.
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From the 2001-2002 School Data Report, Office of Catholic Schools, Diocese of Madison

Enrollment: 7,819 students from pre-kindergarten through high school

Number of schools: 46

Cost: Average cost of educating a child at a Catholic elementary school in the diocese is $3,280, up 10 percent from the previous year.

Endowment funds: Endowment funds in 42 schools report total capital of about $29,000,000. Economic conditions appear to have slowed the growth of these funds this year, but they continue to increase.

Tuition: Average tuition for parish elementary schools is $862 for parish members. Non-parish members pay about $1,879.

Parish support: Parish support accounts for 54 percent of all costs for parish elementary schools.

Teachers: There are 579 teachers teaching in Catholic schools throughout the diocese, with more than 80 percent licensed to teach in Wisconsin public schools.

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Profiles from the pew: Mary Grace, St. Peter Parish, Madison

'Our Heritage and Our Hope':
Monroe Clinic celebrates Mission and Values Week

U. S. church:
Paved way for Vatican norms on clergy sex abuse crimes

Olympic torch: Catholics among carriers across country

Supplement: Marking Catholic Schools Week -- Jan. 27-Feb. 2


• Making a Difference
by Tony Magliano --
Civilian casualties: U. S. press has ignored many deaths
in Afghanistan

• Looking Around
by Fr. William J. Byron --
Leaders: Different qualities needed for our times

• Question Corner
by Fr. John Dietzen --
Questions: Consecrating bread and wine; mixed marriages

• The Pope Speaks
by Pope John Paul II --
The desire for God: Is at the heart of all prayer

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Catholic Schools Week:

Celebrated across country

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- "Catholic Schools: Where Faith and Knowledge Meet" is the theme for the 28th annual celebration of Catholic Schools Week, Jan. 27-Feb. 2, 2002.

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Related article: From students' point of view: How Catholic schools in the Diocese of Madison develop their faith

The event is part of the National Marketing Campaign For Catholic Schools, a joint program of the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).

"Recent themes for the national campaign and Catholic Schools Week have focused on the Catholic foundation of our schools, from which all else flows -- a curriculum infused with values, high academic standards, and discipline," said Michael J. Guerra, NCEA president.

Sr. Glenn Anne McPhee, secretary for education at USCCB, said that the "Where Faith and Knowledge Meet" is a timely message for this week. "Catholic schools are something wonderful to celebrate. They are a great gift to this country, graduating students with strong academic skills who are also good citizens and capable members of the work force."

The purpose of Catholic Schools Week is to build support and recognition for the 8,200 Catholic schools nationwide. During this week, many dioceses encourage parents to enroll their children in Catholic schools. CSW is an opportunity to interest citizens in volunteering their time and talents to local Catholic schools.

National Appreciation Day falls on the Wednesday of Catholic Schools Week. This day was established to encourage supporters nationwide to showcase the great accomplishments and contributions of Catholic schools to our country.

In Washington, a delegation of over 150 Catholic school students, teachers, and parents will visit Capitol Hill on Wednesday, Jan. 30, to meet with congressional leaders to promote Catholic schools. As part of their marathon day, they will hand-deliver letters from chief administrators of Catholic education to their representatives and provide a background package on Catholic schools to every congressional office.

The National Marketing Campaign For Catholic Schools was established by USCCB and NCEA to promote Catholic schools year round. Thus the "where faith and knowledge meet" theme and logo advancing Catholic education is used daily, not only during Catholic Schools Week. Now in its 12th year, the marketing effort was launched to help create awareness of the value of a Catholic education and to increase enrollment.

Catholic school enrollment for the current academic year is 2,647,301, including 2,004,037 elementary and middle school students and 643,264 secondary school students according to the study. This represents a decrease of 5,737 students -- less than one-half of one percent -- from the previous academic year. This follows a period of steady annual growth in Catholic education where numbers have increased by some 86,000 students in the last seven years.

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