Thank you to Our Lady of the Presentation ECC for your warm welcome and gracious hearts that welcomed the Accreditation Team members. We enjoyed learning what makes your early education unique!
Join us in congratulating and welcoming Mrs. Natalie Newville, as the new president of the St. Joseph Catholic Schools. Mrs. Newville will be returning with her family to St. Joseph to begin her role as president at the end of November. Read the news release at www.stjoecatholicacademy.com.
Congratulations to Bishop LeBlond, St. Michael the Archangel, and St. Pius X High School girls' soccer team for winning their respective districts and moving on to state quarterfinal matches this Saturday, May 27. Quarterfinals are an exciting stage in any tournament, and it's a testament to their hard work, skills, and dedication. We wish them all the best of luck in their upcoming matches.
* Bishop LeBlond High School plays Barstow at Barstow, Saturday, May 27 @ 1 pm.
* St. Michael the Archangel High School plays Smithville at Lee's Summit North High School, Saturday, May 27 @ noon.
* St. Pius X High School plays Helias Catholic High School at Helias Crusaders Complex, in Jefferson City, Saturday, May 27 @ noon.
The National Eucharistic Revival is a movement to restore understanding and devotion to this great mystery in the United States. Don't miss this opportunity to view the official relics of Blessed Carlo Acutis and Saint Manuel Gonzales Garcia. This relic tour will stop in our diocese May 1-3 as part of the National Eucharistic Revival. Our schools will also have the opportunity to visit this tour. See you there!
Today marks Bishop James V. Johnston's 15th Anniversary of his ordination as Bishop. We are truly grateful for your guidance and the many blessings you have been as Bishop for the Diocese of Kansas City ~ St. Joseph. May the Lord continue to bless you and the Holy Spirit guide you as you shepherd our diocese!
Happy Anniversary Bishop Johnston!
Patricia "Pat" Burbach passed away peacefully on Wednesday, March 15, 2023.
Pat decided at an early age to become a teacher after she witnessed the harsh treatment of one of her brothers by a teacher. She was the first to earn a Bachelor's degree and devoted her life to Catholic education and catechesis. Her life of service took her to classrooms in Wolbach, York and Omaha Nebraska. In 1995, she earned her Master's degree in Education and began the of Principal of St. John's Catholic School in Lincoln, Nebraska.
She came to Kansas City, Missouri to serve as Principal of St. Therese School in the Fall of 1999. She continued in this role until 2007, when her career focus shifted to the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph Catholic Schools Office. She served as the Associate Superintendent of Catholic Schools for 15 years until her retirement in June 2022. During her years in the Catholic School Office, Pat served on the Notre Dame de Sion School Board and the Missouri Nonpublic Schools Accreditation Association Board. Her dedication to these organizations was evident by her tireless work on their behalf. In her nearly fifty-year career as a Catholic educator, she was a strong advocate of students, teachers, school families and administrators within Catholic schools. Her calm and peaceful spirit was a gift to all who knew her and her service to our Catholic School community will be felt for generations.
Eternal rest grant unto her, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon her. May she rest in peace. Amen.
This past week, we celebrated Catholic Schools Week in our Diocesan schools. Each day we focused on aspects that make our schools unique: parish, community, students, nation, vocations, faculty/staff/volunteers, and families.
Sunday, we kicked off the week by celebrating our parish communities. Our schools benefit from the religious guidance, prayers, and support the parishes provide. The next day, we celebrated our communities. A central aspect of Catholic education is learning the importance of service to our communities and others. When students are engaged in service to others, they demonstrate the values and faith gained through Catholic education. On Tuesday, we celebrated the success of our students; learning, serving, and leading. Our schools participated in dress-down days, dodgeball tournaments, and scavenger hunts. On Wednesday, our schools celebrated our nation by praying for our government leaders and those who serve. The next day, we celebrated vocations. By focusing on the themes of learning, serving, and leading, Catholic schools prepare children to succeed in their God-given talents. On Friday, we celebrated our teachers, staff, and volunteers for their dedicated service to their vocations. On Saturday, we acknowledged the role of the families as partners in Catholic education and celebrated their contributions to the success of our schools.
Thank you to everyone that made this year's Catholic Schools Week a success!
Passing on the faith is a family affair with Stephanie and Joe Hollo; a mother and son. Stephanie's passion for Catholic education started when her husband and her husband made the choice of Catholic education for our oldest son 22 years ago, after experiencing the family-like atmosphere and faith-based curriculum. Stephanie is the principal at Nativity of Mary Catholic School in Independence. And Joe teaches Latin, theology, and small-engine repair at St. Michael the Archangel High School in Lee's Summit.
Find out more about this amazing family by reading the article found below in the Catholic Key.
Dr. Hopson started her career in education 31 years ago with the desire to help people. Dr. Hopson was drawn to Catholic Education when her daughter was going to start Kindergarten. She wanted to make sure her daughter was surrounded by people who had similar values and morals, so she decided to make the switch to Catholic Education for both her and her daughter.
A day in the life of an Associate Superintendent is different each day. One day Dr. Hopson is visiting schools, another she is meeting with principals and on another, she is working in the office on the next project. Dr. Hopson's goal this year is to be a support to all the principals and schools!
When Dr. Hopson is not at work you will find her crafting for others or watching a Chiefs game. Dr. Hopson is passionate about Catholic Education, as she believes everyone should have a Catholic Education to help them to be the best human, he/she can be! Dr. Hopson is also a strong supporter of Children’s Mercy Hospital where her daughter received excellent care when she was younger.
One day, Dr. Hopson would love to go to Rome, Italy, and visit the Vatican. When asked who she would like to meet in history, Dr. Hopson said Mother Theresa. I would like the chance to talk with her and learn from her. That would be a blessing!
Kansas City - The Bright Futures Fund is pleased to announce the awarding of the first 100 scholarships in the new MOScholars program. Scholarships have been awarded to students attending 26 qualifying Catholic schools in the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph.
The Bright Futures Fund was one of the six Educational Assistance Organizations certified by the Missouri State Treasurer’s office to administer the MOScholars program. These 100 scholarships are concurrent with fundraising generated from individuals and companies purchasing Missouri State Income Tax Credits.
“We are excited to begin to fund these scholarships and to further our mission with the MOScholars program, giving families the best tool to succeed: a high-quality education,” said Jeremy Lillig, Executive Director of the Bright Futures Fund.
To date, the Bright Futures Fund has generated more than $1 million in Missouri State income Tax Credits with more pledged. To donate, or to learn more, please visit www.brightfuturesfund.org. Individuals and Corporations can receive a 100% tax credit for 50% of their annual State Income Tax obligation.