“Because education truly forms human beings, it is especially the duty and responsibility of the Church, who is called to serve mankind from the heart of God…” – Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio (Pope Francis)

The Archdiocese of Washington has a strong history of educating the hearts and minds of thousands of young people through our excellent Catholic schools

Our local advocacy efforts on education center on school choice, which gives parents—the primary educators of their children—the ability to choose which school best suits the need of their child..  Through the Opportunity Scholars Program, hundreds of financially qualifying parents in the District are empowered to choose which school their child attends. All of our Archdiocese of Washington schools within the District of Columbia are proud to serve OSP students. Click here to apply for the Opportunity Scholarship

Prayer for Catholic Schools
O Christ, our Teacher,

You invite Your faithful people to make disciples in Your name and to announce good news to the poor.  We thank You for the gift of Catholic schools, where

The message of Your life, death, and resurrection is proclaimed,
Christian community is experienced,
Service to our brothers and sisters is modeled,
And worship of You is cultivated.

Increase our zeal for ensuring that all children and families can benefit from a high quality Catholic education, and that Catholic schools grow in their ability to nurture the soul of our nation.

We ask this through the intercession of Our Lady, Mother of Catholic Schools.  Amen.

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