Young people are a valued treasure and the future leaders of our Church. It is the responsibility of the entire Catholic community-bishops, priests, deacons, religious, and laity-to continue to strive towards the goal of making our Catholic elementary and secondary schools available, accessible, and affordable to all Catholic parents and their children, including those who are poor and middle class. All Catholics must join together in efforts to ensure that Catholic schools have administrators and teachers who are prepared to provide an exceptional educational experience for young people–one that is both truly Catholic and of the highest academic quality.
U. S. Conference of Catholic Bishops
Renewing Our Commitment to Catholic Elementary and Secondary Schools in the Third Millennium
The involvement of parishes is critical to meeting the U. S. bishops’ challenge. In Georgia, Archbishop Wilton Gregory and Bishop J. Keven Boland founded GRACE Scholars to take advantage of a significant in state income tax laws to achieve the goals set forth in the bishops’ statement, especially the commitment that “Catholic schools will be available, accessible, and affordable.” Whether the parish is connected to a parish school, enjoys a bond with a nearby school, or is looking for an opportunity to reach out to a school with unmet tuition assistance needs, GRACE can help a parish make a difference in the lives of many deserving children.
Over the past three years, it has become clear that the best parish campaigns for GRACE fully engage a parish with a school. Like a microwave, the involvement of the parish warms from the inside out, and the parish becomes bonded to the school. The materials provided within this section of the website are intended to help a parish achieve an effective and fulfilling relationship with a school and GRACE.