Why does the Catholic Church provide schools?
The Catholic Church was the first provider of schools and universities in England. The earliest schools were cathedral and monastic schools established from the late sixth century onwards.
Monsignor Marcus Stock published the book “Christ at the Centre” that helps governors, teachers and parents understand their role in supporting Catholic Schools and their mission.
“The Catholic Church provides schools to:
Assist in its mission of making Christ known to all people.
Assist parents, who are the primary educators of their children, in the education and religious formation of their children.
Be at the service of the local Church - the diocese, the parish and the Christian home by providing an education based on the values of the Gospel.
Be “a service to society” by creating a society that is highly educated, skilled and cultured.”
The Gospel values based on the Beatitudes
“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven”
Values: Faithfulness & Integrity
“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted”
Values: Dignity & Compassion
“Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth”
Values: Humility & Gentleness
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied”
Values: Truth & Justice
“Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy”
Values: Forgiveness & Mercy
“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God”
Values: Purity & Holiness
“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called children of God”
Values: Tolerance & Peace
“Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when they insult you and persecute you and utter every kind of slander against you because of me. Be glad and rejoice for your reward is great in heaven; they persecuted the prophets before you in the very same way”
Values: Service & Sacrifice