Bishop Thomas J. Tobin of Youngstown, Ohio, recently wrote a pastoral letter “Catholic Schools: A Commitment Renewed.”

He said he wrote the letter because, “We take our Catholic schools for granted” and “it's good to step back once in a while and say publicly how good they are, how important a contribution they make.” He acknowledged that today's Catholic schools face the practical challenge of increasing teachers’ salaries while keeping tuition down.

Finally, Bishop Tobin called for all Catholics to be grateful to Catholic teachers “who make personal sacrifices for their profession.”