ST. LOUIS (KMOX)-Capping an intense two-year effort involving over three thousand people, St. Louis Archbishop Robert Carlson is outlining his plan to grow the archdiocese’s schools in numbers and faith.
The Archbishop has whittled down 40 priorities to ten. He tells KMOX, they include strengthening the schools’ catholic identity, establishing educational benchmarks and helping train young parents and lay teachers in the faith.
He says he is also establishing a new scholarship fund, which he hopes will help up to two thousand students afford catholic education, “There’s going to be a two percent education assessment on the general income of our parishes, initially that will provide funds so that we can begin to grow the system. Long term, I announced we are going to establish a foundation. We hope to raise significant dollars in that between now and 2018, which is the 200th anniversary of catholic schools in the Archdiocese, so tha we can help both the high schools and the grade schools by providing the funds they need to continue to operate.”
Carlson says he wants to strengthen the schools’ Catholic identity, by providing continuing education for lay staff members, “By doing that we think our schools will be a place where parents can feel very comfortable that the faith is being handed on.”
Carlson also wants prayer at the beginning of each school day, at least weekly mass and more talk about the lives of the saints in his schools.
He says he will also establish benchmarks, to make sure Catholic education lives up to its reputation, “I want to make sure every Catholic school has an excellent education system. We also want to make sure we do a better job working with students with special needs.”
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