Catholic education is a highly successful and effective ministry of the Church. Catholic schools also make a tremendous contribution to civic life in the United States. This encyclopedia relates and analyzes the educational mission of Catholic schools, both secular and religious. Originally established in the 17th century in Florida and Louisiana, Catholic schools grew to become a mainstay of the American educational system. With over 340 entries by more than 35 contributors, this encyclopedia reveals the full scope and breadth of the establishment and growth of Catholic schools in the United States. It thoroughly covers the American historical and social context, the effects and influence of the Vatican, as well as the specific educational mission, religious and secular, of Catholic Schools. No other volume encompasses the full scope of Catholic schools in the United States. Written with a diverse audience in mind, this comprehensive work will appeal to professionals and parents alike.
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