On Monday, August 8, 1,000 teachers, staff and administrators from across the Diocese of Orlando schools gathered for Educator Kick-Off Day at Holy Family Catholic Church in Orlando.
This day is held before the start of the school year, which began August 10, to set the tone for a successful year. Each year a different theme is chosen and this year, the theme was mercy to connect with the Year of Mercy designated by Pope Francis.
Together, they collected over 300 pounds of food for families in need served by Catholic Charities of Central Florida. Keynote speaker, Fr. Anthony Aarons addressed the topic “What Does it Mean to be Merciful” and Sr. Immaculata Knox lead prayers in keeping with this year’s theme of mercy in our schools. Students also participated by sharing reflections about what their Catholic education means to them.
The Diocese of Orlando has a total of 37 schools in 8 counties in Central Florida. There are five high schools, thirty-one elementary schools, and one special education school. There are more than 14,000 students enrolled, representing 83.4% students who are Catholic and 16.6% who are non-Catholic.