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Catholic schools and America’s future

Earlier this week, I delivered a graduation message to the Class of 2020 — virtually. It was posted on YouTube and shared on social media. Another sign of these unusual times since the coronavirus.

My prayer is that the Class of 2020 will be remembered as a heroic generation that used the gifts of a Catholic education to love and serve and build a better world at a time of national distress, when society had been turned upside down by a deadly pandemic and faced widespread uncertainty about the future.

I am also praying that we can act to sustain the schools they graduated from, because right now Catholic schools are facing enormous challenges. Parishes, shut down for three months, have lost millions in collection monies. Across the country, we see drop-offs in enrollments for next year, as families fear they will no longer be able to afford tuition.

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