For the Peace of Christ

O most sacred, most loving heart of Jesus, Thou art concealed in the Holy Eucharist, and Thou beatest for us still. Now as then Thou sayest, “With desire I have desired.” I worship Thee, then, with all my best love and awe, with my fervent affection, with my most subdued, most resolved will. O make my heart beat with Thy heart. Purify it of all that is earthly, all that is proud and sensual, all that is hard and cruel, of all perversity, of all disorder, of all deadness. So fill it with Thee, that neither the events of the day nor the circumstances of the time may have power to ruffle it; but that in Thy love and Thy fear it may have peace.

Bishop Walkowiak Announces Welcome Scholarship Inviting New Families to Experience the Catholic School Difference

March 11, 2015 Bishop David Walkowiak is announcing the addition of a new scholarship to help grow enrollment in the Catholic schools in the Diocese of Grand Rapids. It is part of his three-year initiative to make Catholic schools accessible to all families in West Michigan.

The Welcome Scholarship offers first time and previous students in preschool through eleventh grade a scholarship regardless of financial need. In order to be eligible, families must be registered at a parish in the Diocese of Grand Rapids and the student cannot have a sibling attending a Catholic school in the Diocese of Grand Rapids.

Preschoolers will be awarded $250 per student; kindergarten through eighth graders will be given $750 per student, while freshman, sophomores, and juniors in high school will receive
$1,000 per student. “Catholic schools play a vital role in a child’s life. Children learn to grow in the faith along with their academics; it’s an education for the whole child which nourishes the mind, body, and soul,” said Bishop Walkowiak. “I want to welcome all families and encourage them to experience the quality education that our schools provide.”

The Welcome Scholarship is one part of Bishop Walkowiak’s three-year initiative to grow enrollment. Other elements of the initiative included the announcement in November 2014 that he was quadrupling tuition scholarships to current families and the hiring of additional professional staff in December 2014.

Catholic Schools in the Diocese of Grand Rapids serve more than 6,000 students within a six county area of West Michigan. The diocese includes 25 elementary and four high schools.

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