With the understanding that our children are our future, the City of Philadelphia has made the education of our young citizens a top priority. A formidable responsibility for the quality education of our children has traditionally been undertaken by the outstanding Catholic schools located in neighborhoods throughout Philadelphia.

There are currently 62 elementary schools and eight secondary schools in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia in the city of Philadelphia. These schools focus on providing a faith-based education that holds its students to high academic standards. Each child is helped to reach his or her full potential through education, and by actively practicing good citizenship and giving of one’s time and effort to offer service to others.

To recognize the great history of Catholic schools in Philadelphia and the contribution they make to the current and future well-being of families in the city of Philadelphia and surrounding areas, Catholic Schools Week 2012 will be observed under the banner theme “Catholic Schools: Faith, Academics, Service.”

Catholic Schools Week will be celebrated throughout the city with special Masses offered at Catholic churches, open houses held at Catholic schools, and special activities organized for students, families, parishioners and the community at large.




I, Mayor Michael A. Nutter, Mayor of the City of Philadelphia, do hereby proclaim the week of January 29 through February 5, 2012 to be


Catholic Schools Week 2012


in Philadelphia and urge all citizens to be aware of the significant impact that Catholic schools have had in improving the quality of life for Philadelphia’s families and in encouraging Philadelphia’s young people to achieve their life goals through Faith, Academics and Service.


Michael A. Nutter