A West Virginia newspaper is reporting on Catholic Schools Week activities taking place in its area.
This will be the first Catholic Schools Week in West Virginia for Sister Elaine Poitras, CSC, Ph.D., who was appointed superintendent in July. However, she has worked in or with Catholic schools since 1970, and she said she always looks forward to the celebration of Catholic Schools Week.
"I think it's important for people to remember that this is a national event," Poitras said. "It's typically a combination of prayer, spiritual experience, expositions in academics and the arts, and the fun of being family and a community."
Along with celebrating a special Mass and conducting open houses, many schools have incorporated service projects into the week's programs. beneficiaries range from local charities to schools and clinics in El Salvador.
"The Gospel itself calls us to be very attentive and take care of others," she said. "The service we do is grounded in discipleship and is really an ordinary and expected activity of the Catholic school community."
Sister Elaine was the Superintendent of the Monroe County Catholic School System up until just over one year ago. According to a January 6, 2008 D&C story she resigned "for personal reasons" a few days before Bishop Clark accepted the recommendation of his task force of "experts" to close 13 of our 24 Monroe County Catholic schools.
Sister Elaine seems to have been one of the few members of that hand-picked committee who truly understood the importance of Catholic education to the future of the diocese and thus did not view it in the strictly dollar-and-cents terms that was so apparent in the majority's recommendation to the bishop.
Sister Elaine generally had "no comment" when asked about the school closings. However, in a January 21, 2008 report Channel 10's Nikki Rudd quoted her as saying,
I don't think anybody should underestimate the magnitude of this decision.