More than 1,400 Catholic educators celebrate a new school year

August 9, 2013

Catherine Rogan, Media Relations Specialist

More than 1,400 Catholic Educators Celebrate a New School Year with Cardinal DiNardo
On August 9, 2013, more than 1,400 teachers and school administrators from primary Catholic schools within the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston will celebrate the beginning of the new school year with a Mass and award presentation led by Daniel Cardinal DiNardo.

“The Mass is a significant way to start the school year,” said Dr. George Laird, Interim Superintendent of Catholic Schools for the Archdiocese. “Cardinal DiNardo will pay tribute to the work of our educators, and pray for God’s guidance as they nurture students and help them develop in mind, heart and spirit.”

The Mass serves also as an opportunity to honor local Catholic school teachers and administrators. At the end of Mass, the Sally Landram Excellence in Education Award, presented through the generosity of the John W. and Alida Considine Foundation. The award honors a Catholic school educator who exemplifies excellence and professional dedication. Additional service awards will be presented to educators with milestone years of service in Catholic education. Recipients will be announced at the award presentation.

Catholic School teachers and staff began their back-to-school in-service the first week in August; most students start classes the second or third week of August.

About the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston Catholic Schools:
• The Archdiocese has the largest private school system in Texas.
• There are currently 60 schools through the counties of the Archdiocese.
• Approximately 18,500 students are enrolled.
• The schools serve students PreK-3 through 12th grade.

The Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston serves 1.2 million Catholics in 10 counties.
It is the largest Roman Catholic diocese in Texas and the 12th largest in the United States.

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