National Catholic Education Week is from January 28 to February 3 and is an annual celebration of Catholic Education in the United States. This year’s theme “Catholic Schools: United in Faith and Community” was chosen by the National Catholic Education Association and is intended to highlight the value a Catholic education provides to young people and communities.
Fontbonne University’s observance of Catholic Education Week provides a valuable occasion to acknowledge the contributions of Catholic educational institutions to the St. Louis community, which the University proudly calls home.
“Catholic Education to me is a transformative journey that intertwines faith, knowledge, and character.” shares Sister Linda Markway, Sister of St. Joseph of Carondelet (CSJ). “It provides a unique environment where my intellectual curiosity is nurtured alongside the values of love, service, and community.”
At Fontbonne values such as love, service, and community help build students who are well-rounded in education and are equipped with the skills they need to better serve their communities and make the world a better place.
“Fontbonne nourishes a learning community that promotes the common good and encourages an atmosphere of mutual respect, inclusion, and understanding,” said Katie Leeker, Fontbonne Senior. “Catholic schooling guides the [education at Fontbonne], creating a community of learners that make the world a more inclusive and loving space.”
Education at catholic institutions such as Fontbonne works to meet the uncertainty of a changing world with the constant adaptability of a service-oriented education and career outlook. Even as new and disruptive technologies bring changes to workplaces and professional industries, service-oriented industries such as healthcare and education continue to see demand for professionals. “Fontbonne University continues to be a place where community members can learn and grow so they can serve a world in need in meaningful ways,” said Maureen Gibson, Director of Recruitment.
While Fontbonne is a Catholic institution, it is open to students of all faiths and backgrounds, encouraging a global worldview in education and centering curiosity and empathy in learning.
“I find that Catholic education provides guidance for personal growth and a profound sense of purpose, fostering a holistic approach to life and education” Added Sister Markway.
This sense of purpose is what drives student success even after graduating from Fontbonne University.
Fontbonne Alum Madison Manint said, “I have gotten the opportunity to grow in an environment that focuses on teaching others to act ethically and how to live a service-centered life. All while getting the best environment to foster a better relationship with God.”