BY KAITLYNN WILLIAMS
Four diocesan Catholic high schools – St. Augustine, San Miguel, Salpointe and Immaculate Heart – will hold informational events this month.
The first was to be held on Oct. 2 at St. John the Evangelist School in Tucson. Future dates in Tucson are Tuesday, Oct. 15 at St. Cyril School, 4725 E. Pima St., and Thursday, Oct. 24 at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton School, 8650 N. Shannon Road. Each informational session begins at 7 p.m. and all families looking into their high school options are invited to attend.
According the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), the mission of Catholic education is to “address the development of the whole person through spiritual and academic formation based on the Gospel of Jesus Christ.” Catholic education therefore has the potential to be beneficial to the entirety of the universal Church, as “our schools serve both the faith community and society by educating children, young people and adults to contribute to the common good by becoming active and caring members of the communities, cities, and nation in which they live”.
The Diocese of Tucson, with 19 elementary schools and six secondary schools, certainly knows the blessing of Catholic education. Still the numerous educational options available today can be overwhelming and can cause families to overlook the benefits of choosing or furthering a Catholic education.
To help with the decision-making process and to encourage the continuity of a Catholic education, Tucson diocesan high schools host multiple High School Nights every year, where they present the possibilities and advantages of deciding to enroll in their school.
On such informational nights, “not only does each high school get a chance to showcase their school and their students, but the parents and students get the opportunity to see the differences among the schools and they don’t have to travel around Tucson to do it,” said Suzanne Shadonix, the principal at St. Elizabeth.
Kaitlynn Williams is a student at St. Augustine Catholic High School in Tucson.