FALL RIVER—The Foundation to Advance Catholic Education or FACE launched a new communications initiative called “the FACE of the Future” at its annual Fall Scholarship Dinner on October 30. The launch came in the form of a video which details how the recent $10 million of investments into diocesan Catholic schools has caused a “renaissance” in Catholic education in the Diocese of Fall River.
The FACE of the Future also illustrates that today’s elementary school students are tomorrow’s Catholic parishioners, benefactors and leaders. An investment in Catholic education today has been proven to pay off in the future; studies have shown a Catholic school advantage in several areas including academic achievement; degree of civic engagement; commitment to service and tolerance of others; and the ability to earn higher wages.
Bishop Edgar M. da Cunha, S.D.V., said in the video, “The value of Catholic schools and what Catholic schools do to our young people, no one else can do. We can offer not only a quality academic education, but we offer values and faith.” The FACE of the Future initiative will provide consistent education on the benefits of a Catholic education as well as encourage anyone interested to reach out to one of one of the diocesan Catholic schools for a tour. While tuition costs are a very big concern for more than half of families, this is where FACE can help with providing needs-based scholarships.
Another announcement at the Fall Scholarship Dinner was the launch of a new website which can be found at www.face-dfr.org. The new website uses state-of-the-art web technology which allows for easy and automatic translation of the content into multiple languages supported by Google Translate. Many people who speak primarily Spanish and Portuguese – and who value their Catholic faith – make their home in Southeastern Massachusetts; thus this website facilitates their ability to understand how FACE can assist in providing a Catholic education for their children.
“Many of the students who are entering our Catholic schools have parents who do not speak English as their first language. The new FACE website will be a tremendous help in guiding these families through the FACTS application process,” according to Sandi Duxbury, FACE’s Executive Director. “The new website also features vibrant photos of our students which clearly communicate the excitement and diversity experienced by our students, teachers and administrators. I welcome everyone to visit www.face-dfr.org and enjoy our new look.”