“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.”
(John 1:5)

This verse from the Prologue to the Gospel of John highlights for us the culminating conclusion of a Catholic education.

A Catholic education should teach our children to know that Jesus Christ is the light, and that His light shines in the darkness, and the darkness shall not overcome it. At Solidarity, we seek to support educational institutions which are grounded in the reality of the eternal Light of the Logos.

Our hope is that students may grow in knowledge, wisdom, and truth, all while developing magnanimity (a greatness of soul) and prudence (good judgment), so that they are equipped to go out into the world and fulfill the potential and calling that God has for each of them.

Life is filled with blessings, but amid the sunshine of our lives are many clouds and storms. There is a cadence of desolation and consolation throughout our earthly pilgrimage. However, a true education should teach our children that God loves them, that we love them, and finally, how they should love God and love others. If they learn these things, we will have provided them with the rock of refuge to which they can cling forever.


At a conference at Catholic University in the Fall of 2005, Archbishop J. Michael Miller, the man then responsible for Catholic education around the world, distilled for his audience the Church's teachings on Catholic education. So well received were his remarks - and so important - that Solidarity Association, which sponsored the conference, asked Archbishop Miller to expand his themes into this small book.