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It was a near perfect attendance at the 2018 Mass and rally celebrating Catholic Schools Week in Arizona.
Over 200 years of opening doors to families of all faiths and beliefs from all segments of society with stellar graduation rates and alumni more likely to vote, be more civically engaged, be more tolerant of diverse views, less likely to be incarcerated and are committed to service as adults.
Like master weavers, our school leaders across the diocese endeavor to blend the three dimensions of authentic Catholic school education — faith, academics and service — into a seamless garment to be proudly worn as one of the most effective school systems in Arizona.
Tucson's Gerald F. Kicanas challenged Arizona's Catholic school students to be imitators of Christ at Mass with many showcasing their God-given talents at the rally that followed.
Those who have taught, volunteered or served at a Catholic school will join current students, alumni and parents plus private supporters and those in the state legislature Jan. 31-Feb. 6 for an array of Catholic Schools Week celebrations.
More than 1,000 students, teachers and parents filled a muddy lawn at the State Capitol Jan. 28. Their purpose and energy were far more solid.
Meditating on Jesus throughout the day is a privilege extended to Catholic school students and the key to holiness.
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