Catholic schools in Milwaukee’s central-city neighborhoods can be beacons of light for disadvantaged families who want a better life for their children. It’s the message Dr. Kathleen Cepelka shared with 120 people who attended our 16th annual Woman of Faith Award presentation and reception on September 15.
As Superintendent of Schools for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, Dr. Cepelka described how she tapped talented community leaders to embrace her vision to improve educational opportunities for children whose families lack the resources to do so on their own. Her vision became reality in August of this year when the first nine elementary schools welcomed students under the Seton Catholic Schools banner.
“Collaboration and pooling of resources will enable excellence to occur in ways that will meet the increasing needs of these children and their families,” Dr. Cepelka said. “Because we can do better together than we can do standing alone.”
Dr. Cepelka called the story of Seton Catholic Schools an “early story,” with plans for a total of 26 central-city schools to become part of Seton . “We’ve only written the first chapter,” Dr. Cepelka said, adding, “but it’s a story that had to be written. We could not NOT do this.”
Our 2016 award recipient acknowledged many people in attendance who have served as educators, pastors and parents who continue to support the mission of Catholic schools, and “everyone who continues to believe that the essence of Catholic education – the integration of faith with culture – is needed today more than ever.”
Catholic Financial Life made the evening more notable with their support of the event.