Cardinal Blase Cupich Missions 255 ACE Teachers and Leaders
Cardinal Blase Cupich of the Archdiocese of Chicago blessed 255 teachers and leaders as part of the Alliance for Catholic Education’s (ACE) Missioning Mass on July 27 as they prepared to leave the University of Notre Dame’s campus and serve students in Cathoilc schools around the country.
“Build a community imbued with the spirit of Christ. This is your charge,” Cardinal Cupich told the 182 recent college graduates enrolled in the ACE Teaching Fellows program and 73 Catholic school leaders in ACE’s Mary Ann Remick Leadership Program.
Thirty teachers in ACE’s English as a New Language program were also missioned during the Mass in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart. Those teachers learn how to better serve non-English speaking students in their program.
Missioning serves as the closing of ACE summer, a time that brings hundreds of people to campus for graduate courses and educational conferences as part of ACE’s effort to sustain, strengthen, and transform Catholic schools.
ACE impacts the lives of several hundred thousand children nationwide by preparing highly talented teachers and school leaders, while offering research and broad policy support for Catholic schools in the United States—the world’s largest private school system. ACE works in partnership with hundreds of schools to ensure that the students in their communities, many of them from low-income families in high-poverty communities, have access to a high-quality, Catholic education.