Why U.S. Catholics Should Be Proud
Father Dennis Holtschneider, president of DePaul University, recently reflected for America magazine on some of the many services that U.S. Catholic institutions provide for the benefit of all. According to his article:
One out of six Americans get their health care from a Catholic institution.
More than one out of five Americans living in poverty are served by Catholic Charities.
Catholic schools are the largest provider of private K-to-12 education, enrolling nearly one million students. In addition, the national Catholic school graduation rate is 99.4 percent of high school students and 84.9 percent of these graduates of Catholic schools go on to college, compared with 39.5 percent of public school graduates.
The Catholic Church is the largest re-settler of refugees in the country.
U.S.-based Catholic Relief Services serves nearly 100 million people in need in 93 countries.
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul serves over 14 million people in need in the United States each year.
“Strategic Opportunities: Six Chances to Strengthen the Church,” by Dennis H. Holtschneider, CM, appeared in America for November 2, 2015.