Loading
Catholic schools in the Bible-belt growing, despite national trend

.- A recent report showed signs that despite national trends to the contrary and an overwhelming protestant population, attendance at Catholic schools in places like Tennessee are on the rise. The Diocese of Nashville, for example, which runs 22 Catholic schools within its 38-county borders, has seen an influx of some 750 new students in the past seven years.

Although the growth is slow, studies show that it is also steady. Says Rick Musacchio, spokesman for the diocese: "The growth we've seen here is tremendous."

The Nashville Diocese includes some 71,000 registered families who make up about 3.4% of the overall population in Middle Tennessee.

Hans Broekman, principal of Pope John Paul II High School in Hendersonville, TN was recently quoted as saying, "The Catholic church has always taken education very seriously…From a Catholic perspective, education is about teaching as Christ did and trying to help people discover the truth about themselves and the truth about the world."

Studies show that one reason for the growth is a recent influx of Hispanic families and northerners moving to the region.

The Nashville area is reported to be one of the fastest growing in that part of the country. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the population of nearby Spring Hill grew some 18% between 2003 and 2004.

Traditionally Protestant, the region is seeing the Catholic school‘s populations growing in members of many different faiths. Many see the Catholic schools as having more opportunities for their children then public alternatives.

Largely though, Catholic families are finding a fast-growing enclave in which to teach their children the faith. "There's been this massive influx of new faithful looking for Catholic education for their children," added Broekman. "Southern Catholics take their faith very seriously."


Ads by AdsLiveMedia(What's this?)

* The number of messages that can be online is limited. CNA reserves the right to edit messages for content and tone. Comments and opinions expressed by users do not necessarily reflect the opinions or beliefs of CNA. CNA will not publish comments with abusive language, insults or links to other pages

RESOURCES »

Ads by Google (What's this?)

Featured Videos

3D Church mapping
3D Church mapping
#PAUSEforPeace Initiative
Dedicating art to San Juan de la Cruz
A state without territory elects new government
The renewal of the Legionaries of Christ
Presentation of the book "The Pastor"
Synod on the Family October 2014
Preferential option for the poor
God is alive, even in sport
'A forbidden God' named Best Film at the International Catholic Film Festival
Vatican backs a 'Pause for Peace' during World Cup final
The effects of religious violence in Sarajevo 
The origin of Corpus Christi 
Corpus Christi at the Vatican 
Homage to an Indian Cardinal
Train of the Child's Light
New book explaining gestures of the Mass
Encounter between Pope Francis and the Charismatic Renewal in the Spirit Movement.
Religious tensions subside amid Balkan floods
John Paul II Center for Studies on Marriage and Family
Jul
31

Liturgical Calendar

July 31, 2014

Saint Ignatius of Loyola, Priest

All readings:
Today »
This year »

Catholic Daily

Gospel of the Day

Mt 13:47-53

Gospel
Date
07/31/14
07/30/14
07/29/14

Daily Readings


First Reading:: Jer 18: 1-6
Gospel:: Mt 13: 47-53

Saint of the Day

St. Ignatius of Loyola »

Saint
Date
07/28/14

Homily of the Day

Mt 13:47-53

Homily
Date
07/31/14
07/30/14
07/29/14

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com
     HTML
Text only
Headlines
  

Follow us: