For hundreds of years, Catholic schools in the United States have opened their doors and welcomed immigrants from all lands. These schools stood – and continue to stand – as a safe harbor for those new to this land, treating students with the respect they deserve as God’s children.
An unexpected guest brought tears to many eyes at the University of Notre Dame’s Alliance for Catholic Education Commencement this summer. At the invitation of Fr. Tim Scully, C.S.C., Rachel Luna, an 18-year-old recent graduate of Cantwell-Sacred Heart of Mary High School in Montebello, CA, closed the ceremony with an eloquent expression of gratitude for the ACE teachers who have greatly impacted her education.
St. Patrick Catholic School in Largo, Florida, is the newest member of the Alliance for Catholic Education’s Notre Dame ACE Academies in partnership with the Diocese of St. Petersburg beginning this school year. The Notre Dame ACE Academies are a network of academically excellent, financially sustainable, and distinctively Catholic K-8 schools that operate through the University of Notre Dame’s Alliance for Catholic Education.