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Mission Statement

Jesus commissioned His apostles to teach and make disciples. Mindful of this twofold mandate, Catholic schools in the Diocese of Joliet provide formation in the Catholic faith as well as superior academic education to students of diverse backgrounds. Our Christ-centered education nurtures a personal relationship with Jesus and service to others. Our whole child approach integrates Catholic doctrine, prayer, sacraments, and moral decision-making with academic achievement and physical health. Working in partnership with parents and parish communities, Catholic schools prepare students for success in further education, a productive career and a life eternal with God. 


The Catholic Schools Office of the Diocese of Joliet was founded in 1949 to provide formation in the Catholic faith as well as superior academic education to students of diverse backgrounds. It was also established to support and unify the efforts of the Catholic schools within the diocese. Numerous schools have opened and closed through the years, but one thing has remained constant: there has been a strong desire in diocesan families to enrich their child's education with faith.

There are currently 7 early learning centers, 48 elementary schools, 7 high schools and 3 universities under the umbrella of the Catholic Schools Office, which operates out of the Blanchette Catholic Center which is located in Crest Hill, Illinois.

There have been six superintendents to date, including: 
Rev. Msgr. Joseph A. Wagner (1949-1966)
Rev. Niles J. Gillen, O.Carm. (1966-1986)
Rev. David M. Franco, O.S.F.S. (1986-1988)
Sr. Jeanette Zielinski, O.S.F. (1988-1996)
Sr. Helen Jean Kormelink, O.S.B. (1996-2010)
Rev. John Belmonte, S.J. (current superintendent - appointed in 2010)