The past few years have seen the birth of a number of new organizations and initiatives in support of k-12 Catholic schools, largely in response to the onslaught of closings and the deep awareness of the vital contribution that Catholic schools make to our communities, our nation and our Church. When so much of the news is dire for Catholic education, it’s worth stepping back a bit to see the rebirth that is taking place around us. If necessity is the mother of invention, then a sustained 50 year crisis must be worth something! And there has been a notable amount of invention recently that offers hope for the future of Catholic education in the U.S.
Here is a list of major new initiatives emerging over the past couple of years that could make a meaningful contribution to Catholic schools nationally or regionally. This list is not exhaustive nor does it pretend to be, and hits heavily on activities at the University of Notre Dame’s Alliance for Catholic Education, with which I am most familiar. But its a good start and I’m happy to add activities that I’ve missed if folks will share the good news!
In the days ahead I’ll offer a little profile of each of these exciting new initiatives in support of Catholic education.