Saturday, October 12 was a wonderful evening! Fr. Spitzer, our Keynote Speaker, was every bit as inspiring as we had hoped he would be. And, as we honored Msgr. Auve and the other Champions of Catholic Education, the room was filled to the brim with love and hope for the future.
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Working together, and giving as we are able, we will change lives!
With prayers and deepest gratitude,
- Kathleen Wilmes
Keynote Address - Fr. Robert Spitzer
Why is Catholic education necessary? Why do we need it? Our kids today really face a crisis that we didn’t have to face. Forty-four percent of our kids will lose their faith. I am not saying they are going to drop out of the Catholic Church – they will certainly do that – forty-four percent will lose their faith in God. That is what is going to happen and the percentage increase is going to get higher and [Catholic schools and faith formation programs] are the only way to stop it.
We have got to pound it home because the culture is going to pound it home as hard as they can that God is nonsensical, that the soul really doesn’t exist, that you are just a bunch of atoms and molecules, and that Jesus Christ is not even real, let alone risen from the dead. The reason we need Catholic [education] is to refute the myths.
We’ve got a challenge here. The last two days we have been equipping people as fast as we can thanks to your generosity to put these 7 Essential Modules into the [schools and faith formation programs] in any way we can and bring this message not only to the kids but to the [Catechists and teachers] and ultimately the parents.
-Fr. Robert Spitzer
The Foundation Today - Kathleen Wilmes
Champions of Catholic Education
"There is too much order in the world for there to not be a creator." -Ahmira Elyard-Jaeger