Diocese launches new website to showcase Catholic schools features groundbreaking video and illustrates benefits of Catholic school education

(KALAMAZOO, Mich.) January 25, 2013:  In conjunction with the annual national celebration of Catholic Schools Week, January 27 through February 2, Very Rev. John Fleckenstein, Episcopal Vicar for Education, announced the launch of a new website to showcase the value of Catholic school education:

“This inviting and informative website is a culmination of this year’s Phase 1 efforts for the Advancing Catholic Schools plan,” he said. “The site helps illustrate the value of Catholic School education and plays on the ‘MORE acronym that represents our vision: Misson Ordered toward Reaching Eternal Life.”

A dynamic video “In these Hallways” has also been produced under the direction of Corey Heimann, Likeable Art, a Ft Wayne, Ind.-based creative agency. The video, shot at Hackett Catholic Central High School in Kalamazoo, uses a series of scenarios throughout a woman’s life to highlight the essence of Catholic schools and the role they play in an individual’s formation.

"In These Hallways" MORE from MORE Diocese of Kalamazoo on Vimeo.

“Faith Infusion,” a bi-weekly enewsletter is another effort of the Advancing Catholic Schools plan, first launched in September 2011 by Very Rev. Fleckenstein. As a response to the call for a New Evangelization from Pope Benedict XVI, this electronic publication features a reflection on the upcoming Sunday’s Gospel written by a local Catholic leader. Packed with relevant links and family-fun activities the goal of Faith Infusion is to connect the school curriculum and liturgical calendar with family life, to ultimately build up the Domestic Church.

“I’m extremely encouraged by the strides we are making to strengthen the excellence of our Eucharistic-centered educational system here in our diocese,” said Very Rev. Fleckenstein. “Our schools, under the excellent guide of our outstanding educators and nurturing school families are forming our students for this world and the next.”

The Catholic Diocese of Kalamazoo is the territory of Catholic churches and community led by Bishop Paul J. Bradley. The diocese was founded in 1971 when the Second Vatican Council called for the creation of smaller dioceses so that bishops could be more available to the people they serve. Today the diocese encompasses 5,337 square miles of nine counties in southwest Michigan: Allegan, Barry, Van Buren, Kalamazoo, Calhoun, Berrien, Cass, St. Joseph and Branch and includes 59 parishes as well as 24 Catholic schools.