Why Catholic school?

Superintendent of Schools for San Francisco archdiocese: "Our curriculum is rooted in the Gospels that inspire a love of learning and the intellectual pursuit of the truth"

The following is from a Catholic SF guest column by Pamela Lyons, Superintendent of Schools for the Diocese of San Francisco. As we celebrate Catholic Schools Week across the United States, you may be wondering what is it that separates the Catholic schools of the Archdiocese of San Francisco from the many other schools in Marin, San Francisco, and San Mateo. You may be … [Read more...]

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Latin now compulsory for kindergarteners through eighth graders at Mission Dolores Academy

Students at the San Francisco school come from a combination of English, Spanish, Tagalog and Eritrean primary speaking households among others, and in Latin they find common ground

Latin is now compulsory for kindergarteners through eighth graders at Mission Dolores Academy, according to principal Meredith Essalat, offering the diverse student body a “unifying” language where no student is at a disadvantage in the development of language skills. “It’s a new curriculum for everyone,” said Essalat, who introduced the program at the beginning of the … [Read more...]

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Fire-damaged Catholic schools re-open in Santa Rosa

Students return to Cardinal Newman High and St. Rose Elementary more than three months after Tubbs fire

It was a homecoming for Cardinal Newman High students, who finally returned to campus Monday more than three months after the Tubbs fire heavily damaged the school north of Santa Rosa. Faculty, staff and diocese officials welcomed back hundreds of students with a ceremony in the gym, followed by a pasta lunch. Bishop Robert Vasa offered a special blessing at the ceremony after … [Read more...]

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Marian events at Marin Catholic High School culminate in consecration

On Dec. 12, new outdoor Marian grotto at the Kentfield school will also be blessed by archbishop

Just over two months after he consecrated the Archdiocese of San Francisco to the Immaculate Heart of Mary on Oct. 7, Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone will do the same for Marin Catholic High School on Dec. 12, the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Marin Catholic president Tim Navone told Catholic San Francisco that the consecration of the Kentfield school to Mary is the … [Read more...]

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Taking the Catholic out of Catholic universities

Nowadays, rather than embracing the good, the true, and the beautiful, Catholic universities have adopted the same curricular fads as their secular peers

As the college term drew to a close last spring, Providence College’s most prominent professor, Anthony Esolen, author of hundreds of articles and several books—including what some reviewers consider the best translation of Dante’s Divine Comedy—packed up and got ready to leave the school, where he had taught since 1990. He would renounce his tenure, give up his well-earned … [Read more...]

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Catholic retreat facilitator: what animal do you identify as?

Students at St. Mary's College of California question degree of Catholicism at Lasallian weekend

Urgent appeal from California Catholic Daily staff Dear California Catholic Daily reader, This coming year, we hope to bring you even more original stories and videos about the Church in California. We intend to do this as part-time staff spread throughout the state — on a limited budget. However, in order to stay afloat, we need more of our readers to donate. You … [Read more...]

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San Domenico School ‘will no longer be Catholic,’ sisters announce

San Anselmo school, where removal of Catholic statuary on campus sparked international media attention earlier this year, drops affiliation with Church, will no longer be recognized as Catholic by San Francisco archdiocese

Urgent appeal from California Catholic Daily staff Dear California Catholic Daily reader, This coming year, we hope to bring you even more original stories and videos about the Church in California. We intend to do this as part-time staff spread throughout the state — on a limited budget. However, in order to stay afloat, we need more of our readers to donate. You … [Read more...]

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“It’s a way to get closer to God”

Students at Saint Mary's College of California form groups to pray the rosary, participate in Eucharistic Adoration

Founded as part of the Lasallian educational institution, Saint Mary’s College of California embraces Catholic tradition, particularly through its Mission and Ministry Center. For students who want to explore their faith, the Rosary Group and Eucharistic Adoration present ways to help connect not only with their faith but with other students as well. “The goal of Rosary Group … [Read more...]

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Burbank Catholic high school to take yearlong hiatus

Higher operating costs and a decade-long decline in enrollment led to decision to restructure Bellarmine-Jefferson High School operations

When students at Bellarmine-Jefferson High School (Bell-Jeff) in Burbank break for summer vacation next year, the school’s operations will officially take a yearlong hiatus to allow administrators to focus on restructuring the school’s education program for the fall of 2019. Higher operating costs and a decade-long decline in enrollment led to the decision to restructure the … [Read more...]

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Seven Oakland schools will become Lumen Christi Academies in fall 2018

"A robust academic setting permeated with Catholic values"

Seven schools in the Diocese of Oakland will become Lumen Christi Academies in fall 2018. They are Queen of All Saints, Concord; St. Anthony, Oakland; St. Catherine of Siena, Martinez; St. Cornelius, Richmond; St. Elizabeth, Oakland; St. Paul, San Pablo; and St. Peter Martyr, Pittsburg. "Our beloved Catholic schools have always been places of hope, inspiration and success; … [Read more...]

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