Jesus sent forth His disciples with the mission to “Go and teach.” (cf. Mt. 28:19).
In a special way, Jesus’ teaching mission is lived out in our Catholic schools, parishes, and campuses.
With Jesus as our ultimate example of teacher – priests, educators, catechists and campus ministers in the Archdiocese of Omaha are committed to ensuring education excellence in a safe, secure Christ-centered environment with a genuine Catholic identity.
Catholic education has a long, proud tradition in this Archdiocese. From Bishop James O’Connor, who from his first days pledged his total commitment to Catholic education, to immigrant parents who struggled and sacrificed to make sure their child was given the best possible start in their new country, the Catholic education community is united in the belief that every person is a gift, and every person deserves the opportunity to learn about their faith.
Most people living outside of Omaha are astonished at the number of Catholic schools in this Archdiocese – 18 high schools, 58 elementary schools, with an enrollment of more than 21,000 students. Another 18,000 elementary and high school students receive instruction through parish-based religious education programs.
But numbers do not tell the story. We are blessed in this Archdiocese to have so many individuals who have made a strong commitment to the mission of teaching the message of Jesus Christ. Thousands of parents in northeast Nebraska believe that Jesus “came that they may have life and have it to the full” (John 10:10), and they search for the fullness of life for their children in our Catholic schools and religious education programs.
Next to the family, Catholic schools and parish-based religious education programs are the most effective place for children to probe the mysteries of revelation. It is here where students learn about virtue. They learn to respect the dignity of life in all of it stages, beginning with conception, to recognize that every person is made in the image and likeness of God, and to develop a healthy and well-formed conscience that enables them to live morally good lives.
We invite you to see for yourself the benefits of Catholic education and our efforts to "Go and teach!"