With great joy and excitement, the Diocese of Kalamazoo embraces the news of the selection of Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio as the 266thPope of the Catholic Church who now, and forever, will be known by the name of Pope Francis I. As the fruit of fervent prayer and under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, the Cardinal-electors have fulfilled their extremely important responsibility of choosing the new Holy Father who has now assumed the pastoral leadership of the Church. We pray, Pope Francis I’s leadership and pastoral guidance will last for many years to come. In this grace-filled Season of Lent, as we draw ever closer to the glorious celebration of the new life of Easter, I join with Catholics in the Diocese of Kalamazoo, and all people of good will, as we rejoice in this profoundly important news. May God bless Pope Francis I, the Shepherd and Leader of the universal Catholic Church, as we advance the New Evangelization and move into a new chapter in the mission of the Church to proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ to all the world.
Catholic Schools of Greater Kalamazoo will continue to proclaim the vision of Jesus and the mission of the Catholic Church through an unparalleled school system that nurtures an attitude of life-long learning, commitment and service to our church, and civic community.