Bishop Noonan reflects on the Joy of the Gospel in our Catholic Schools

“A great prophet has arisen in our midst and God has visited his people.”
Luke 7:16

My Sisters and Brothers in Christ:

God has visited His people. What a joyous proclamation! This joy of the Gospel is the breath of the Holy Spirit within our heart. Pope Francis said, “The joy of the Gospel fills the hearts and lives of all who encounter Jesus.” We are called to live as Christ, offering an encounter of God with each person we meet.

The Eucharist is the source and summit of the Christian life. As we are nourished by the Eucharist, we share God’s covenantal love, the bond of our Catholic faith. We live to be people through whom God has passed. This is the mission of our Catholic schools, to teach our young people about this extraordinary Gift, God is with us.

Each year I visit with our students, faculty, staff, parents and volunteers of our Catholic schools and I am greeted by Jesus, in the care of our young people by faculty and staff entrusted to teach them about our faith, in the service of our young people and their parents or guardians who bring the comfort of the Good Shepherd to each other and to those across the nations, and in the leadership of our volunteers who guide our young people along the right path, as God has visited His people!

In this annual report, you will partake in the joy of the Gospel. Turn its pages to discover the beauty of the Gift of the Eucharist as God is with us. Thank you for your generosity of spirit in supporting the ministry of our Catholic schools.

May we know that God has visited His people and remains with us forever.

Sincerely yours in Christ,
Most Reverend John Noonan
Bishop of Orlando

Click here to view and download the 2016-2017 Annual Report from the Office of Schools.