A Catholic Schools Week Message from the Director of Education


Catholic Schools Week is a national celebration of Catholic education and an opportunity to recognize the importance, the value, and the contributions of Catholic education to the Church and the world.

Catholic Schools Week is a time to recognize the impact a faith-based education has on the lives of our students and their families. It is the heart and soul of a teacher that has the greatest impact on the life of a student.

Recently I saw on the internet the following saying:

  • Engineers make bridges.
  • Artists make paintings.
  • Scientists make rockets.
  • Teachers make all of them!

In all of the Catholic Schools throughout the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown, teachers provide an environment where the rich traditions of the Catholic faith are integrated into the academic offerings and woven into the very cultural fabric of the school.

Our schools create vibrant communities that encourage and nurture prayer, as well as provide safe, welcoming and supportive environments for children and staff. The blessing of Catholic schools is made possible through the deepest level of commitment from our pastors, parishioners, board members, parents, staff, and the community at large.

For those of you who send your student(s) to one of our schools, thank you for entrusting us to partner with you in the faith formation and academic development of your child(ren).

For those of you who support us with your time, treasure, and prayers, we are deeply indebted with gratitude for your passion for Catholic schools.

For those of you who know someone who might benefit from our schools, even for preschool aged students, please urge them to visit one of our schools to tour and to explore tuition assistance opportunities.

In a world filled with challenges, Catholic schools provide an opportunity for students to live out their faith, serving God and one another. What a wonderful blessing this is to our communities. Catholic education is truly an investment in the future!

Jo-Ann Semko
Director of Education / Superintendent of Schools