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.
It seemed like a sign. One I originally ignored. My husband showed me an ad in The Leaven for a position with the Catholic Education Foundation (CEF). I didn’t think it “sounded” like me, so I thanked him and put the paper on the corner of my desk. A few weeks later, a friend asked me if I saw the ad in The Leaven and said she thought I would be perfect for it. I told her I had seen it, but I didn’t think it was right for me.
I learned more than reading, writing, and arithmetic by attending a Catholic High School in the Archdiocese of Miami in the ‘90s. The faculty, such as my theology teacher, Father Ron, kept me close to the faith, not only in the religious sense, but he also taught me how to persevere. Our dean of discipline, Dean Lefler, well, enforced the "rule of law." I believe the 4 years I spent attending a Catholic High School brought me closer to my faith and made me more resilient.
It is hard to believe, but when you read this article the new school year will have been in session for six weeks.
As the school year starts anew, so does our Catholic Education Foundation’s fiscal year.
So, to get this fiscal year started off on the right foot, I want to introduce you to the CEF staff.
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