Members of school boards across the Diocese of Grand Rapids recently gathered to share best practices, brainstorm, and advance Catholic education in our community. As so many stakeholders met to collaborate with each other, it was easy to see everyone’s dedication to our vision of an alliance of Catholic schools expanding outstanding educational ministry.
Hosted by the Diocesan Catholic School Board, the fall board summit was held at Cathedral Square on Nov. 7, 2018, and is one part of the “Bridging Faith and Future” strategic plan for Catholic school vitality. The summit featured breakout sessions for different committee areas, like admissions, strategic planning, and more. But before diving into the work, board members prayed together and heard words of welcome from Most Rev. David Walkowiak, bishop of Grand Rapids.
“When we come together, we are all recipients of the collective gifts and talents that God has provided to each of you,” said Bishop Walkowiak, thanking summit participants for attending.
With our mission of being an alliance of Catholic schools where Christ illuminates learning and life, we are committed to inspiring young people to grow in faith and grace, achieve more in school and life, develop creativity and character, and feel welcomed and cherished for their unique gifts. In connecting with each other through these summits, board members from different schools are supporting each other’s efforts throughout our community.
Previous summits were held in Nov. 2017 and April 2018. Board members will gather for their next summit in May 2019.
Catholic schools in the Diocese of Grand Rapids are an alliance of 31 vibrant learning communities (26 elementary and five high schools) in seven of the diocese’s 11 counties. We partner with parents to awaken the whole child to a world of light and life – which grows better and brighter when children reach their potential. Learn more about our schools here.