We are pleased to announce that Most Reverend David J. Walkowiak, bishop of Grand Rapids, will be honored with the National Catholic Educational Association’s (NCEA) Monsignor John F. Meyers Award at next month's NCEA convention in Chicago.
According to the NCEA, “The Monsignor John F. Meyers Award is presented to an individual who has provided substantial support for Catholic education through contributions in areas of development, public relations, scholarship programs, financial management, or government relations. This award seeks to recognize a person whose work has national significance.”
We are grateful for Bishop Walkowiak’s leadership, and we cannot think of a more deserving person to receive this award. Through his bold leadership, the Bishop’s Catholic Schools Initiative has led to enrollment growth in three of the last four years in our schools, and it facilitated the development of our “Catholic Schools: Bridging Faith and Future” strategic plan, which guides our work toward our vision of an alliance of Catholic schools expanding outstanding educational ministry.
Please join us in congratulating Bishop Walkowiak!
In the file photo above, Bishop Walkowiak is seen visiting students at San Juan Diego Academy.
Catholic schools in the Diocese of Grand Rapids are an alliance of 31 vibrant learning communities (26 elementary and five high schools) serving more than 6,550 preschool through 12th grade students throughout West Michigan. Our schools inspire young people to grow in Catholic faith and grace, achieve more in school and life, develop creativity and character, and feel welcomed and cherished for their unique gifts. We partner with parents to awaken the whole child to a world of light and life — that grows better and brighter when children reach their potential.