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Bishop Burbidge to visit St. Francis of Assisi School and Paul VI High School this week

The Catholic Diocese of Arlington is celebrating National Catholic Schools Week (January 26 - February 1). The annual celebration, sponsored by the National Catholic Educational Association, is meant to highlight the unique role of Catholic schools in providing exceptional instruction rooted in the Catholic Faith. This year’s theme is “Catholic Schools: Learn. Serve. Lead. Succeed.”

“Catholic schools in the Diocese of Arlington are known for their strong Catholic identity and excellence in education. When I visit our schools, I witness inspiring and beautiful communities of faith,” said Bishop Michael F. Burbidge, Diocese of Arlington. “Children are thriving because our teachers and administrators are focused on promoting Catholic identity and faithfully dedicated to their vocation. By their example as Gospel witnesses, our Catholic educators help our students to grow in love of God and knowledge of their faith, while being encouraged to use their gifts to glorify the Lord and serve our brothers and sisters in most need.”

Bishop Burbidge will celebrate Mass, visit classrooms and share a meal with faculty at St. Francis of Assisi School (Pre-K–8th Grade), 18825 Fuller Heights Rd. Triangle, Va.  today,  Jan. 27. and on Wednesday, Jan. 29 Paul VI High School (9th–12th Grade) in Fairfax, Va.

The Diocese has 37 parish (K-8) schools, four diocesan high schools, four independent Catholic schools and five free-standing (not connected with a parish school) pre-schools, serving more than 17,000 students.

More than 70 percent of the schools have been recognized as Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence by the U.S. Department of Education. Standardized test scores demonstrate that students in Catholic schools within the Diocese score well above national averages. Last year, graduates were offered more than $92 million dollars in scholarships, a news release said.
or more information on schools in the Catholic Diocese of Arlington, click here.

The Catholic Diocese of Arlington was established on August 13, 1974, and is home to 70 parishes and more than 460,000 Catholics. There are currently 276 priests serving in the Diocese and 49 seminarians discerning a priestly vocation.

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