Catholic Diocese of Spokane, Washington



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Official News Magazine of the Diocese of Spokane

Eric Meisfjord, Editor
P.O. Box 1453, Spokane WA 99210
(509) 358-7340; FAX: (509) 358-7302


The Nazareth Guild helps deliver on the promise of a Catholic education

the Inland Register

(From the Aug. 21, 2014 edition of the Inland Register)

Why Catholic Schools?

The Catholic intellectual tradition calls for the formation of the whole student – body, mind and spirit. This tradition is grounded in gospel values that affirm the dignity of the human person, and is aimed at building communities that inspire respect, responsibility and compassionate service.

Catholic schools are grounded in an environment where students are empowered to reach their full potential, are prepared to participate at all levels of society, and are challenged to lead and to serve generously.

A Valuable Community Resource

Catholic schools provide quality education at a great savings to our community. The Spokane Diocese educates approximately 3,200 students at the primary and junior high school levels. This saves the taxpayers in our area nearly $17,400,000 annually.

Catholic schools have shown unparalleled success in educating children, promoting a lifelong commitment to faith and virtue, and encouraging civic engagement. While government leaders struggle to improve the education system in America, Catholic schools maintain their successful track records of serving children and families, closing the achievement gap for poor and minority students, and doing so at nearly half the cost of public schools.

In the words of Pope Francis: “We are living in an information-driven society which bombards us indiscriminately with data – all treated as being of equal importance – and which leads to remarkable superficiality in the area of moral discernment. In response, we need to provide an education which teaches critical thinking and encourages the development of mature moral values.”

Named after the town where Christ received his elementary education, The Nazareth Guild aims at raising and distributing separately endowed funds which will serve as an ongoing financial resource to supplement the income our schools already receive through tuition, parish support and annual fund raising.

Statistical Snapshot

• Of the students who attend Catholic schools, 99 percent graduate high school, and 84 percent continue on to four-year colleges.
• The average cost of educating students in the Catholic school system is almost half the cost for public schools nationally. National averages are $5,436 per student in Catholic schools, compared to over $10,000 per student in public schools.

(For more information about how to help The Nazareth Guild support Catholic education in the Spokane Diocese, contact Andy Robideaux, Executive Director: (509) 358-4280.)


Mark your calendars for …

3rd Annual Celebration of Light gala • September 13, 2014
Cocktail hour: 5:30 p.m. • Program and Dinner: 7 p.m.
Location: McCarthey Athletic Center, on the Gonzaga University Campus
Tickets: $125 per seat/$1,000 for a table of 8
To purchase seats: call Debbie Battaglia at (509) 358-4280
or email her at dbattaglia@dioceseofspokane.org


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