It was only fitting that I be greeted at the door to St. Patrick’s Catholic School for a recent CEF Board of Directors meeting by a smiling red-haired, freckle-faced young student. St. Patrick himself couldn’t have asked for a better ambassador! What awaited me inside was just as delightful.
The Catholic Education Foundation Futures Committee recently toured and had lunch with students at Resurrection Catholic School, the parochial school located next to the Cathedral of St. Peter in Kansas City, KS. This is the second time I’ve had the privilege of spending time at one of our CEF Schools. Both times I’ve left with a sense of pride. Pride in the Church’s mission in providing education to our youth, even with limited financial resources, and pride in the universality of our Faith.
As we sat in a quiet classroom in her school, 13-year-old Maddie twisted the bright band on her wrist.
“A couple of years ago my dad had cancer,” she said softly, recounting the day her dad had given her the bracelet.
“It symbolizes his love for me,” she said. “I never take it off.”
Being recognized as the Archbishop Joseph Naumann CEF School of Excellence means so much to Resurrection Catholic School at the Cathedral because we know how many great Catholic schools are served by CEF. It also causes me to reflect on how blessed the school is to have such a great faculty and staff. Led by Principal Lynda Higgins, Resurrection continues to thrive when most urban core Catholic schools nationally are navigating ways to keep their doors open.
He told me his name was Angel. Because I believe there are always angels among us, I wanted to know him better.
He was in second grade, like my son, and he too liked recess, video games and the Royals. Spelling and math were his favorite subjects, also like my son. My son often asks, "When will dad be home?" anticipating a game of catch in the yard, so I asked Angel about his family and baseball.
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