Taking Christ out into the world
By Sister Cynthia A. Mello, SSD
Superintendent of Schools
It continues to be my honor and privilege to serve in the Diocese of Brownsville as your superintendent. I am blessed to witness excellence in Catholic education and in celebrating our Catholic identity across the Valley as I visit each of our catholic schools.
Our Catholic schools in the Valley give our students daily opportunities to experience Christ in many ways. These experiences allow our students to take Christ out into the world to be communities of faith, knowledge and service.
Pope Francis tells us, “Christ has confidence in young people and entrusts them with the very future of his mission, ‘Go and make disciples of all nations…’. (Matthew 28:16.20)
Our challenge in our Catholic schools is to provide a faith-centered education, forming the minds, hearts, and spirits of each child to be followers of Christ, to be witnesses to the Gospel message and to live out the teachings of the Church in its mission of service to others. This challenge is all accomplished while maintaining an environment with the highest standards of academic excellence.
Our Valley Catholic schools have talented students and supportive families. Without them, we would not exist. Our schools are also blessed with exceptional administrators, faculty, staff, alumnae, past parents, and friends who are dedicated and loyal in helping us provide the means of a catholic education to our youth.
Consider Mrs. Ann Denison, a volunteer school counselor at St. Anthony Catholic School in Harlingen who just retired after serving the school community for over 15 years. She dedicated herself to helping the students to see the best version of themselves offering class presentations, group work and helping individual students. She incorporated into her lessons witnessing to the children her own faith in God.
Each student we teach is unique. We watch them grow as they begin to be mindful of their choices and develop a sense to what deeply matters to them and ultimately to the world. They excel in multiple ways.
The Robotics “Enginerds” team, for example, at St. Joseph Catholic School in Edinburg, formed in 2016 has done exceptionally well. They won first place in presentation and in 2017, qualified for state.
Our Catholic high schools prepare students for the next step in their educational journey and beyond. I invite all families to take that step with us so that the children we educate today, both spiritually and academically, will be future leaders in our churches and communities.
In June, 186 seniors graduated from our Catholic high schools, and we maintain a 100 percent college acceptance rate. Nathaniel Dyer, from Juan Diego Academy, Class of 2017, was among those graduates. He has accepted an appointment to the United States Air Force Academy, where he aspires to serve his country in the United States Air Force.
As our school bells ring out throughout the Rio Grande Valley to celebrate the official opening of the 2017-2018 school year, may God bless all our Catholic Schools and may they be places where Christ is present, known and welcomed in one another.
For more information, contact our Catholic Schools Office