Bishop Cistone Distributes more than $1 Million to Catholic Schools across the Diocese of Saginaw
SAGINAW — The Most Rev. Joseph R. Cistone, Bishop of Saginaw, recently distributed $1,022,000 to benefit 2,555 students from 17 Catholic schools located across the Diocese of Saginaw. Each school received $400 per student, based on the number of young people enrolled at the conclusion of the 2013-2014 school year. Bishop Cistone has requested the grant dollars be used for extraordinary needs or one-time expenses such as development measures, long-term planning or capital needs like smart boards or educational materials.
“With deep gratitude for all that our school leaders and families do to provide strong, quality and affordable Catholic education to the children of our parishes and communities, I am pleased to distribute a major portion of the Little Books funds to every Catholic school and school system within the diocese,” Bishop Cistone said.
The monies to support Catholic schools have accrued over the last five years and came from the general education account which receives funding each year through proceeds from Little Books, as well as additional donations and bequests. (Little Books are seasonal prayer and meditation books published in the Diocese of Saginaw and distributed around the world.)
School leaders received a letter from Bishop Cistone thanking them for their service and encouraging them in their commitment to Catholic education. He also called upon every school/school system in the diocese to develop a 3 to 5 year plan looking forward. He noted that in future years, such available funds for Catholic schools may be distributed on a merit basis, based on the long-term plans submitted by the individual schools.
“It is no longer possible to maintain the ‘status quo.’ We must demonstrate a proactive position on enrollment, technology, academic excellence, good stewardship and above all Catholic culture,” Bishop Cistone said. “The strength of our Catholic Church is dependent upon our ability to provide quality and affordable Catholic education in a Catholic school setting.”
School leaders have been asked to report back to the diocese on how the grant monies were used. The funding for Catholic Schools across the 11-county diocese was distributed in the following way:
• Auburn Area Catholic Schools, student enrollment 63, received $25,200
• Blessed Sacrament (Midland), student enrollment 130, received $52,000
• St. Brigid (Midland), student enrollment 164, received $65,600
• Our Lady of Lake Huron (Harbor Beach), student enrollment 107, received $42,800
• St. Cecilia (Clare), student enrollment 35, received $14,000
• St. Elizabeth Area Catholic School (Reese), student enrollment 90, received $36,000
• St. Joseph the Worker (Beal City), student enrollment 98, received $39,200
• St. Mary (Alma), student enrollment 64, received $25,600
• St. Michael (Pinconning), student enrollment 120, received $48,000
• Bay Area Catholic Schools, total student enrollment 428, received $171,200
o St. James, student enrollment 102
o St. John the Evangelist, student enrollment 50
o Holy Trinity, student enrollment 53
o All Saints Central Middle School & High School 223
• Sacred Heart Academy (Mt. Pleasant), total student enrollment 410, received $164,000
o Elementary, enrollment 287
o High School, enrollment 123
• Saginaw Area Catholic Schools, total student enrollment 846, received $338,400
o St. Stephen, student enrollment 212
o St. Thomas Aquinas, student enrollment 311
o Nouvel Catholic Central High School, student enrollment 323
The Catholic Diocese of Saginaw was established by Pope Pius XI on Feb. 26, 1938. Today, it includes 6,955 square miles across Arenac, Bay, Clare, Gladwin, Gratiot, Huron, Isabella, Midland, Sanilac, Saginaw and Tuscola counties.