Advent: prepare to welcome the Prince of Peace!

November 26, 2022

Advent begins tomorrow, November 27. It is a time when we prepare our hearts for the coming of Christ. Bishop Walkowiak writes in his Advent reflection, “Advent is the most countercultural liturgical season of all. It coincides with the end of the year. Americans of means are bent on buying, selling, partying, rushing around, and yes, worrying. Psychiatrists say that this time of year is the most stressful of all. How ironic that this should be so as we prepare to welcome the Prince of Peace.” 

In Gratitude

November 23, 2022

Thanksgiving Day is typically thought of as a national holiday, however, the idea of giving thanks also is an essential part of daily Catholic life. As a Church family, we celebrate a thanksgiving meal every Sunday within the context of the Mass which is first and foremost a prayer of thanksgiving. In fact, the word Eucharist comes from the Greek for “thanksgiving.”

The Nation's Report Card Shows Catholic Schools Excelling Post-Pandemic

November 16, 2022

Article and data graph provided by NCEA. 

Leesburg, VA – According to the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), Catholic school students performed at or near the top in reading and math compared to public schools coming out of the pandemic. On October 24, NAEP, also known as the Nation’s Report Card, released its findings for math and reading for grades 4 and 8. NAEP is considered the most consistent measure of U.S. student achievement over time and a lens into student success.

Meet Brad Sturgell, New Program Director for GRACEAC

November 11, 2022

We are pleased to announce that Brad Sturgell has joined our diocesan Office of Catholic Schools as our new Grand Rapids Area Catholic Elementary Athletic Council (GRACEAC) Program Director. He began his role on November 7.

Celebrate National Vocations Week (November 6-12)

November 9, 2022

National Vocation Week (November 6-12) is a special time set aside to celebrate religious vocations and those God has called to serve the Church in this way. Catholic schools in the Diocese of Grand Rapids are proud of their graduates who, like St. Peter, have responded when the Lord said “Come, follow me.”

2022 MANS Conference for Teachers & Leaders

November 5, 2022

This past Thursday and Friday, all Catholic schools in the Diocese of Grand Rapids were closed so teachers and leaders could participate in professional development. The Michigan Association of Non-Public Schools (MANS) 2022 Education Conference and Expo pulled private school teachers from all over Michigan to Lansing for education, connection, and encouragement. Educator formation is a crucial element of Catholic schools and an important part of the vision of our diocese, which focuses on outstanding educational ministry. 

Happy Hallowtide!

November 2, 2022

The past three days, where we honor our beloved saints and pray for departed souls, can be referred to as the triduum of Hallowtide. Catholic schools are exceptionally busy during Hallowtide - balancing the societal demands of Halloween, as well as recognizing the sanctity of All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day. From pumpkins and trunk ‘r treats to pilgrimages and plenary indulgences, our schools have a lot to share.