Rep. Lipinski Celebrates Catholic Schools Week Visiting St. Alphonsus/St. Patrick School in Lemont02/05/2013
By Guy Tridgell
U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski (IL-3) marked National Catholic Schools Week by visiting St. Alphonsus/St. Patrick School in Lemont. The congressman toured several classrooms, talked with students about his experience in Catholic schools, and answered their questions about his work as their representative. He also spoke to a school assembly on the importance of education and presented St. Alphonsus/St. Patrick Principal Renee Payne with an American flag flown over the U.S. Capitol building, along with a copy of a congressional resolution honoring Catholic schools for the “key role they play in promoting and ensuring a brighter, stronger future for our nation.”
“I was blessed with the opportunity to be educated in Catholic schools for 12 years. Now, one of the highlights of my year is when I visit exceptional Catholic schools during Catholic Schools Week. Meeting the students at St. Al’s/St. Pat’s and answering their thoughtful questions truly was my privilege,” said Rep. Lipinski. “At St. Al’s/St. Pat’s and all of the other outstanding schools in the Chicago Archdiocese, the administrators, teachers, and parents clearly are working together to provide students with a strong education and teach our next generation of leaders the value of their Catholic faith and community service.”
A proud graduate of St. Symphorosa Grammar School and St. Ignatius College Prep, Rep. Lipinski for seven consecutive years has introduced a resolution in Congress honoring National Catholic Schools Week and praising the outstanding work of Catholic Schools.
This year’s theme for National Catholic Schools Week, which ran between and Jan. 27 and Feb. 2, was “Catholic Schools Raise the Standards."