Father Peter Stravinskas holds doctorates in school administration and theology. He is the founding editor of The Catholic Response and publisher of Newman House Press. Most recently, he launched a graduate program in Catholic school administration through Pontifex University.
Note: Many thanks to all of you who responded – and so generously – to the beginning of our mid-year fundraising campaign yesterday. We’re off to a good start. I receive and read all your messages and wish I could respond to every one of them. But time and sheer volume prevent that. Please be assured, though, that all of us – staff and writers – deeply appreciate your support. One reader commented that she particularly liked the 1000-word limit on our columns. I do too and enforce it strictly, to the annoyance of our writers – except for today. I think we need to hear this slightly longer message on Catholic education, which I believe is going to be the only effective way out of the hole we’ve dug for ourselves, in both the secular world and the Church, though it may take a generation or two. – Robert Royal
(The following is excerpted from a homily preached at the Mass inaugurating the Awards Night of the Catholic Education Foundation at the Church of the Holy Innocents in New York City on 26 April.)