Catholic School Education


FFHL Logo September 23, 2013
Catholic School EducationThe mission to teach as Jesus did is carried out through a variety of programs, including parish and diocesan schools, college campus ministry, as well as parish religious education programs. This week, we highlight the support that Forward in Faith, Hope, and Love will provide to families who would like a Catholic school education for their children.

The Catholic schools within the Diocese of Charlotte educate over 7,700 children. The average tuition for high schools is $7,900 and for elementary schools is $5,200, which creates a challenge for some parents to send their children to Catholic schools. Looking to the future of Catholic education, the Forward in Faith, Hope, and Love campaign aims to provide additional tuition assistance to those wishing to attend Catholic schools and to empower these schools to attract students and stay competitive. This will also provide seed money for future capital projects.

Through Forward in Faith, Hope, and Love, the Catholic Education Tuition Assistance Endowment will receive $6 million. Additional funds of $4 million will be allocated to provide grants for Catholic schools’ renovations or new construction. Together, these objectives will allow our schools to provide students with a vibrant and faith-filled learning experience.

Campaign Statistics
The Forward in Faith, Hope, and Love campaign continues to receive generous support with 197 donors supporting the campaign with gifts totaling $1,050,115 this week.
Good News
Pilot ParishesFr. John Putnam at Sacred Heart in Salisbury received $32,700 in new commitments, raising more than 340% of their initial campaign goal! The dedicated team of ambassadors hosted several phone-a-thons to carry the message of Forward in Faith, Hope, and Love at the parish.

Block I Parishes

Fr. Vince Smith at Immaculate Heart of Mary in High Point welcomed his leadership team for the parish’s combined campaign at a training meeting this week. The leadership team has shown dedication to the initiative even during the planning process and supports the greater work of the Church. Fr. Vince expresses his gratitude for his team’s support in this campaign that will expand their parish campus.

St. Charles Borromeo in Morganton has received its first gifts of the campaign! Fr. Ken Whittington has enjoyed the opportunity to meet with his parishioners who shared meaningful reflections regarding the impact of stewardship and faith. St. Charles Borromeo will announce their leadership team next week and looks forward to sharing this transformative initiative with all parish families.

Fr. Jim Turner at Our Lady of the Highways in Thomasville welcomed the first 14 commitments to the campaign from 17 visits. Fr. Jim secured over $99,000 that will help fund the parish hall expansion and parking lot renovations. Seven families also committed to serving on the Campaign Executive Committee.

Friar Bill Robinson at Our Lady of Mercy in Winston-Salem welcomed 20 new volunteers at his Ambassador Training Meeting last week. With a campaign team of 30 ambassadors, the parish will be able to reach out to and inspire a greater number of parish families. These new volunteers join Friar Bill on this major effort to service and retire the parish debt.

Fr. Martin Schratz and Fr. Robert Williams at Immaculate Conception in Hendersonville welcomed the first gifts to the campaign! The Campaign Executive Committee is excited to inspire the participation of families in this effort for the parish. Their local share will make significant improvements to the parish campus and investments in the Faith Formation program.

During three of his four initial visits, Fr. James Duc Duong at St. Benedict recruited three families to serve as parish volunteers. Parishioners felt inspired to participate because they look forward to the next 100 years of their parish serving as a beacon of faith in Greensboro.

Fr. Brandon Jones at Holy Redeemer in Andrews visited with four families this week to discuss the campaign elements of Forward in Faith, Hope, and Love. During his visits, families felt inspired to participate because of the significant impact the campaign will have on Catholic Charities, whose branch in Murphy assists many families in the Smoky Mountain region.

Forward in Faith, Hope, and Love
1123 South Church StreetCharlotte, NC 28203

704-370-6299 ext. 2200