LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- More than 800 Catholic school teachers helped kick off the new school year at Saint Gabriel Church Friday.
Their classrooms span from Jefferson to Hardin and Nelson counties. Friday morning, Archbishop Joseph Kurtz led them in a mass followed by an award ceremony recognizing teachers with years of service and creativity in the classroom. Superintendent of Schools Leisa Schulz says this annual gathering is important in keeping the Catholic values alive and the roles of teachers consistent.
"We all share the same mission of Catholic education. But in every school, that mission is expressed differently. So, it's a wonderful time to come together and share what they have in common," Schulz said.
Schulz also addressed the challenges the Catholic schools face, especially with enrollment. She says it depends on the school. Some are down while others have a waiting list. Total enrollment under the Archdiocese of Louisville stands at 20,000. Schulz says the church is working to find extra funding in hopes of providing families who want a Catholic education with that opportunity.