a message from bishop john m. levoir
I was a parish priest for 27 years before being appointed the bishop of New Ulm. Every one of those years was spent in a parish with a Catholic school. Even though maintaining a Catholic school has its challenges, I wouldn’t have wanted it any other way. I have seen that the Catholic school helps to evangelize a parish in a significant way. Why is this so? The Catholic school assists parents in passing on the Catholic way of life -- the way of the Gospel -- to their children.
The Catholic way of life calls the baptized to live the Gospel and to be the salt of the earth and the light of the world. This means that we are called to transform our culture into a culture of love and life. We do this from within the culture when, in every context, we live out our Catholic faith by what we say and do. We only need to look around us to see how desperately our world needs to be transformed.
Catholic schools are agents of transformation because they have the mission to form the whole person, body and soul. Each student is seen as an image of God and as one loved infinitely by Jesus Christ. The study of the various subjects in a Catholic school is done through the prism of the Gospel as taught in religion class. Such study serves to develop the students as images of God. Through the prism of the Gospel, science, literature, mathematics, dramatics, sports, geography, and history are all seen as ways of understanding and appreciating God’s gift of creation and his working out of human salvation. It is this understanding and appreciation that the Catholic school student brings to the world.
I am committed to working with pastors, administrators, faculties, staffs, and volunteers in our Catholic schools in their most important work of evangelization.