Behind the Shield: President's Blog, The Value of a Catholic Education
Each year in the dead middle of winter, Benilde-St. Margaret’s celebrates Catholic Schools Week along with other Catholic schools throughout the nation. Every school approaches the celebration in a different way; at BSM it is a mix of faith, fun, scholarship, and engagement. The intent is to recognize the importance of our school to individuals, the local community, and our world. This week always reminds me of the true and very real value of a Catholic education.
Benilde-St. Margaret’s is a unique school with clearly identified strengths - strengths that are valued by our families and educators. Academic and co-curricular programming provides great breadth in terms of content and opportunities. It genuinely embraces learners from all walks of life that are aimed for a collegiate education. Rich and meaningful relationships are the bedrock of the personal interactions which fosters deep learning. It is a safe, supportive, yet driven environment. Part of our identity, one of our core strengths, is our commitment to service-learning - guiding our students to live the Gospel messages in a way that improves humanity.
These strengths are supplemented with a core mission focused on accompanying our students on their faith journey. This accompaniment sets a foundation and creates an anchor to God that guides our students throughout their lives. Just this week, BSM students, faculty, staff, parents, grandparents, alumni, and friends were able to celebrate Mass with Archbishop Hebda which proved to be a rich spiritual experience. Make no mistake about it, Benilde-St. Margaret’s is a community of faith that endures throughout time.
So every year when Catholic Schools Week rolls around, we refocus on the importance of our work and that carries us forward to prepare our students for a life of faithful meaning.