The Archdiocese of Washington has a long and faith-filled history of passing on Christ’s Gospel from generation to generation through Catholic education, which has brought hope to tens of thousands of lives. Our Catholic schools and parish religious education programs instill Catholic values that will stay with our young people throughout their entire lives.

Religious Education

Religious education programs in parishes and schools are a central aspect of the Church’s responsibility to teach the faith. More than 1,100 adults in the archdiocese are received into the Church every year at the Easter Vigil and over 20,000 young people receive religious education from almost 3,000 parish catechist. In addition, ongoing faith formation is an essential component of membership in the Churchsupporting adults in their search to become more faith filled disciples and full participants in the life of the Church.

Catholic Schools

Ninety-three Catholic schools across the archdiocese bring Christ’s love, alongside an academically excellent education, to thousands of young people every day. Students learn to respect others, develop a sense of community, and carry out the mission of care and service, just as Jesus did.

Insight: Contemplating the Cross of Christ in a Time of Healing

By Jem Sullivan, Ph.D., Secretary of Education

As a new school year begins we say ‘thank you’ to catechetical leaders and catechists who begin their ministry of faith formation, education, and witness to faith. As catechists renew their commitment to leading others to Jesus Christ, the one who stands at the heart of all catechetical efforts, they will hear the anguished voices of the faithful in these challenging times. One image of Jesus’ crucifixion offers a profound visual catechesis for catechists and those they serve who seek hope, wisdom, and perseverance in faith in a season of healing…Read More

Catholic Education and the Gift of Students with Special Needs

By Jem Sullivan, Ph.D., Secretary of Education

Parents welcome their children as gifts, with all the joys and challenges that come with parenting. As Pope Francis writes, “the family is the setting in which a new life is not only born but also welcomed as a gift of God. Each new life allows us to appreciate the utterly gratuitous dimension of love, which never ceases to amaze us. It is the beauty of being loved first: children are loved even before they arrive. Here we see a reflection of the primacy of the love of God, who always takes the initiative, for children are loved before having done anything to deserve it” (Amoris Laetitia, 166)…
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Dr. Jem Sullivan, Ph.D

Secretary for Education

Sara Blauvelt

Director for Catechsis

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William Ryan

Superintendent of Schools

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