| By Bishop Earl Boyea

Forming a Kingdom for Christ

My dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

Welcome to this edition of FAITH, focusing on Catholic schools within the Diocese of Lansing. As the front cover suggests, enrollment at our schools is up three years in a row. Thanks be to God! Thank you also to all our school families, students, and staff. God bless you all.

As you know, culturally we live in endarkened times with both faith and reason under ongoing assault. The result is a public square increasingly dominated by impiety, impurity, intemperance and, indeed, ignorance.

That means we live amid a dominant culture that is relentless in its attempt to confuse and corrupt our young people. As the lives of the saints in every age can attest, however, the best antidote to all of that is Jesus Christ. Our world needs Jesus and Jesus needs saints.

Hence, each of our 36 schools exists to help families raise happy and holy young people who are capable of bringing the love and truth of Jesus Christ to contemporary society in a way that is intellectually coherent, culturally credible, and socially compassionate. Faith and reason. Heart and mind. Saints and scholars.

Much has been achieved in recent years. Much more remains to be done. We need our schools to become ever more on-mission, affordable, and accessible. With prayer and work — ora et labora — we will get there, I am sure. In the meantime, I hope you enjoy this edition of FAITH.

Assuring you of my prayers, I am sincerely yours in Christ,

+ Earl Boyea

Bishop of Lansing