Options to boost Catholic schools considered
The Most. Rev. Peter Libasci, the Roman Catholic bishop for the Diocese of Manchester, left, shares a light moment with Sister Mary Jo Walsh, principal of St. Patrick School in Portsmouth, and the Rev. John Fortin, superintendent of Catholic schools for the diocese, during a meeting of Catholic educators at the Grappone Center in Concord on Friday. (MICHAEL COUSINEAU/UNION LEADER)
Fortin oversees more than 4,000 students at 23 primary and secondary schools run by the Diocese of Manchester. The bishop also recognizes five other private Catholic schools with more than 2,000 students combined.
Fortin said Census figures showed nearly 27,000 millionaires live in New Hampshire.
“Just give me 1 percent of them,” Fortin said.
On a more serious note, he said, “I think there is money. I think we just have to find a way to get it to support our schools.”
“We’re not just interested in test scores,” Fortin said.
“Our job is for our kids to see the face of Jesus in their lives and that includes seeing it in us,” Fortin said. “To help them develop a personal relationship with the Lord and therefore to give communal witness to the Gospel.”
“If we don’t talk about politics, my goodness, where does our religion go in terms of its communal witness?” he asked.
Catholics also need to appreciate life.
Sister Mary Jo Walsh, principal of St. Patrick School in Portsmouth, said Fortin “gives great talks. He’s going to be wonderful for us.”
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