Congratulations to our winner!

To celebrate Catholic schools across the country, Catholic Extension invited teachers and students to share how their school celebrates Catholic Schools Week and have the chance to win a pizza party for their school.

St. John the Apostle Catholic School in Virginia Beach, Virginia, in the Diocese of Richmond, won the random drawing.



Catholic Schools Week was January 27 – February 2

Catholic schools are special places where students are thoughtfully nurtured, classrooms blend academics and Christian values and a sense of mission is palpable. Students who are fortunate enough to attend these schools learn about our faith traditions, absorb a Catholic identity and have a moral compass to navigate through the challenging growing up years.

Catholic Extension has a long history of supporting Catholic schools by facilitating training for school teachers and leaders, strengthening the administrative and fundraising capabilities of schools and funding after-school programs.

Learn. Serve. Lead. Succeed. 

We highlighted Catholic school leaders who are part of the Catholic School Leadership Academy at Loyola Marymount University, a program that Catholic Extension supports. This initiative allows promising leaders in Catholic schools in mission dioceses to receive professional development to better guide their schools and inspire their students. Read their stories below.


Loyola Marymount University Catholic School Leadership Academy

Blair Tadlock, curriculum coordinator at Immaculate Conception Cathedral School in Lake Charles, Louisiana

Blair Tadlock, curriculum coordinator at Immaculate Conception Cathedral School in Lake Charles, Louisiana, is part of the LMU Leadership Academy. The school has about 420 students ranging from Pre-K through 8th grade. This week, students are celebrating CSW with many fun activities.

“Catholic schools teach us about our God and help us better understand our faith to spread the light of Christ to all people around us.” - Katie Grace, middle schooler

Ted Kanelopoulos, Principal of La Salle High School in the Diocese of Yakima

“Catholic school graduates benefit from a quality education and an awareness that they are being called to a unique vocation,” – Ted “Mr. K” Kanelopoulos

Signs above the doors of La Salle High School display one of the schools’ mottos: “Enter to learn, leave to serve.” As the principal of La Salle High, LMU scholar Ted Kanelopoulos introduces students to experiences of service, service immersion and conversations about justice. For him, “Faith in action” is the Gospel being experienced in the lives of the young people he serves.


Cody Lamb, La Salle High School, Yakima Diocese

Cody Lamb with Catholic Students

“Catholic schools educate the head, the hands, and the hearts of the students entrusted to their care.” – Cody Lamb, La Salle High School, Yakima Diocese

Cody Lamb is an educator at La Salle High School, where students are celebrating Catholic Schools Week with a different theme every day this week, each celebrating a different group of people who make Catholic Schools special. The week culminates with an “all schools Mass” combining La Salle with its two partner middle schools.