St. Augustine said, “Hope has two beautiful daughters; their names are Anger and Courage. Anger at the way things are, and Courage to see that they do not remain as they are.” At Seton, we work towards justice and equity through education—to defy the idea that demography is destiny. I have been praying for our Seton community, and for all of you—and I have been praying that this will be a historic moment for change in our country.
My heart has been grieving this week. The murder of George Floyd—and Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery and more—was evil. I lament their horrific killings. May Jesus keep and hold each of them and their loved ones during this time of great suffering.
Our work at Seton Education Partners starts where justice, education, and faith intersect. Founded a little over a decade ago to work toward justice for children and families in underserved communities—our organization prioritizes a whole-child education that honors each person’s inherent dignity.
Our patron, Elizabeth Ann Seton, founded the first free Catholic school in this country more than 200 years ago—and an army of nuns, brothers, and priests followed suit by launching schools in marginalized communities, so that every child has a real chance at making it in America—and living a life of meaning and purpose.
Because of our Catholic roots, we believe that every life is sacred—every life. At our three (and growing) public charter schools in The Bronx, and in our network of thirteen Catholic schools in nine cities across the country, we serve more than 4,200 children. Nearly all are black and brown.
Seton Teaching Fellows are models of faith, service and sacrifice. They defer their plans for continued education or employment after graduation to instead offer a year of their lives to share the love of God with children. These days, in a time of uncertainty and fear, that sacrifice is even greater.
But from where does this willingness to give come? Parents.