Erie Catholic will soon select a patron saint and is inviting the broader community to participate in the process.
“As each of our parishes and schools did at their inception, we are choosing a special advocate to support our mission,” said Damon Finazzo, president of Erie Catholic. “We are a new organization, an educational family less than a year old, working together toward a new mission. As each of our parishes and schools did at their inception, we are choosing a special advocate to support that mission,” he explained.
In November 2017 students from all six Erie Catholic schools participated in nominating over 100 different saints. They were asked not to nominate any existing patrons of diocesan schools or the local parishes. The senior administration of Erie Catholic then narrowed the list to 12 candidates based on how closely the lives of the saints exemplified various aspects of our Mission and Vision statements.
Middle School students at each school have studied the candidates and presented biographies of the saints to their respective school communities.
The school system recently established mission and vision statements, following a process in which teachers and staff generated key characteristics of their schools, students and communities. Their input helped shape the discussion as the Erie Catholic board developed the mission statement:
The Erie Catholic School System, in collaboration with the Diocese of Erie and in partnership with family and community, maximizes every child’s academic and spiritual potential through engaging learning experiences and the gospel values of Jesus Christ, in a welcoming and safe environment.
And because Erie Catholic’s mission is carried out in partnership with family and community, those partners are invited to help choose a patron saint.
Participants can review the biographies of the patron candidates and then cast a vote online. Anyone who is not able to vote online can call the Erie Catholic Office at (814) 806-2423 to register your vote.
Voting ends on Friday, February 2 at 4:00 p.m.
The patron saint will be announced following Catholic Schools Week. We look forward to celebrating the new Erie Catholic Patron Saint with the entire community!