Along with several other members of the Catholic Education Foundation Futures Committee, I recently had the privilege of touring Christ the King Catholic School in Kansas City, KS. I arrived at the school on a rather chilly November day, eager to meet the students and converse with them over school lunch. Upon entering the front entrance doors of the school, I immediately felt surrounded by warmth and happiness.
As we approach this very special season of both giving and giving thanks, I think about all of the things I’m personally grateful for: my children, the health of my family, and a job that allows me the opportunity to provide for my kids. One thing I’m especially grateful for this year is to be part of the Catholic Education Foundation’s Futures Committee. The Futures are a group of dedicated, young adults that focus on promoting the mission of CEF – the gift of a Catholic education for those that seek it.
The Catholic Education Foundation received a grant today from the Matthews Children’s Foundation, in partnership with Porter Funeral Homes. Over the past 11 years, support from the Matthews Children’s Foundation has allowed 15 students who couldn't otherwise afford it to attend a CEF-supported school. Thanks to their generosity, 15 families have realized their dream of high-quality, faith-filled education.
The holiday season is upon us and soon our schedules will fill, to-do lists will seem endless and with this hustle and bustle we can easily forget the joy that comes with giving back. There is no better way to celebrate the season than by fellowship with loved ones, gratitude and giving back.
In a recent visit to a fifth-grade classroom at Christ the King School in Kansas City, Kansas, Archbishop Naumann spoke about vocations.
He asked the students to consider where God might be calling them, and got some enthusiastic responses: priest, swim coach, martial arts instructor, teacher.
In the course of the conversation, he found that one student had a very specific vocation in mind. A boy near the back of the classroom raised his hand eagerly and said, “I want to be the archbishop!”