Letter from Bishop Zarama
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
During the last week in January, the Church throughout the United States recognizes Catholic Schools Week. This is a chance to gratefully acknowledge the gift that our Catholic Schools are to our country, state, diocese, and local communities.
The national theme is again Catholic Schools: Learn. Serve. Lead. Succeed. I am pleased that our schools, preschools, and early childhood centers indeed not only capture but demonstrate the spirit of this theme. During this special week, we celebrate our parishes, communities, students, nation, vocations, educators, volunteers, and families.
Our Catholic schools, preschools, and early childhood centers will be hosting numerous events and activities that will give people a chance to actively engage with their schools. If you currently have children in one of our Catholic schools, I encourage you to become involved in some of the activities that are being planned. If you are thinking about enrolling your children in a Catholic school, this is a good time to visit and observe all that we do.
I wish to extend my heartfelt thanks to the pastors and educators who work so diligently to make our schools the quality, faith-filled institutions that they are. Catholic identity remains strong, and our young people are given every opportunity to let their God-given talents shine. I also want to thank the parents of our students for having the faith, trust, and confidence in our schools to enter into this special partnership. There is no doubt that our students will continue to model the theme Catholic Schools: Learn. Serve. Lead. Succeed. in very visible ways throughout the Diocese of Raleigh.
May Our Lord Jesus continue to bless our Catholic schools now and forever.
Sincerely in Christ,
+Luis Rafael Zarama, J.C.L.
Bishop of Raleigh