Catholic Schools Week 2023: Celebrating parents

Lauren Waligora, a mother of three, poses with her daughter Penelope, 9, and son Harrison, 5, both of whom attend St. Michael the Archangel School in Livonia. Waligora, a St. Michael's alumna, says she knew from the first moment she toured "St. Mike's" that it was the school she wanted for her children. (Gabriella Patti | Detroit Catholic)

During Catholic Schools Week, Jan. 29 to Feb. 4, we celebrate what makes our Catholic schools special places of learning, faith formation and growth. Each day, we recognize a different member of the Catholic schools "family."

Today, we honor our parents. Here's a brief testimonial from Lauren Waligora, the mother of two students at St. Michael Archangel School, Livonia.

When my daughter was getting close to preschool age, we found out that there were open houses during Catholic Schools Week, so we wanted to tour some options. I knew immediately that my choice was St. Mike’s, but I wanted my husband to feel comfortable with that decision, too. We visited St. Michael’s, and after we left our tour, my husband said, "This is the school that I want her to go to, hands down."

It made me happy that we both felt this was the right fit for our family, and this is what we wanted our kids to experience.

(Catholic school) gives you a foundation rooted in the radiance and the love of God. You gain confidence in yourself that the school and the church help to implement from a young age. You carry this with you, so when you get older, and go to high school and college, you always know God loves you.

I pray to God that more children and families will come to the Catholic faith and Catholic schools because it is life-changing for the student and the whole family. You are all gaining community, you are getting this bond, and you are all growing in faith together.

—Lauren Waligora, an alumna and mother of two students at St. Michael Archangel School, Livonia


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