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Catholic Schools Week Highlights Importance of Catholic Education

Diocese-Green-Bay-LogoGREEN BAY, Wis. (January 26, 2016) -- Catholic schools throughout the Diocese of Green Bay will celebrate the 43rd annual Catholic Schools Week Jan. 31 to Feb. 6. This year's theme is "Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service."

The 16 counties that comprise the Diocese of Green Bay include 7,136 students and 733 professional staff at 49 Catholic elementary and middle schools, and 2,148 students and 209 professional staff at six high schools.

Foundation for Living Call to Mercy

"Our Catholic schools lay a foundation for living the call to mercy as proclaimed by Pope Francis in the 2016 Jubilee Year of Mercy," said Sister Kay Klackner, OSF, Superintendent of Catholic Schools. "Through habits of daily prayer and virtuous actions our Catholic youth live faith, knowledge, and service which we especially celebrate as our hallmarks during this national Catholic Schools Week observance. Check out this testimony in your local Catholic school!"

Each school will hold special events and prayer services. Please contact your local Catholic school to find out what celebrations will be taking place. To find the Catholic schools in your area, you can use our School Locator:

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Governor Issues Proclamation

In addition, Governor Scott Walker has proclaimed January 31 through February 6, 2016, as Catholic Schools Week in Wisconsin. The proclamation coincides with the national observance of this week-long celebration and recognizes the nearly 300 Catholic schools in Wisconsin now serving approximately 57,000 Wisconsin students. Please click below to view the proclamation.

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Catholic Schools Week was established in 1974. It is sponsored jointly by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and the National Catholic Educational Association. Schools typically observe the annual celebration week with Masses, open houses and other activities for students, families, parishioners and community members. Through these events, schools focus on the value Catholic education provides to young people and its contributions to our church, our communities and our nation.


Who We Are

The Catholic Diocese of Green Bay works to bring the Good News of Jesus Christ by helping people in need and by providing academic, leadership and spiritual formation opportunities to parish and school leaders. Established in 1868, the Diocese is composed of 324,000 Catholics in 16 counties: Brown, Calumet, Door, Florence, Forest, Kewaunee, Langlade, Manitowoc, Marinette, Menominee, Oconto, Outagamie, Shawano, Waupaca, Waushara and Winnebago.


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