A Worthwhile Sacrifice
The Almeter Family
As thousands of families across southwestern Pennsylvania decide where to enroll their children for the upcoming school year, Eileen Almeter says she’s happy to sacrifice for a Catholic education.
Eileen and husband Brian, members of St. Bernadette Parish in Monroeville, have five children currently enrolled in Catholic schools, thanks in large part to assistance from the Bishop’s Education Fund.
“The help we get is truly a blessing. Our children have flourished,” Eileen said. “We sacrifice a lot. We don’t drive new cars, we don’t take vacations, but we wouldn’t change a thing.”
Our Campaign for The Church Alive! allocated $12 million to increase the Fund’s permanent endowment by 60 percent, enabling thousands more students to benefit from a Catholic school education.
“The schools have been very generous to us. We’re blessed with the help that’s out there,” Eileen said. “I know a lot of families that benefit.
“I went through Catholic school, and my mother sees the higher costs today but she knows how important it is,” Eileen added. “We also tell the kids that we need to give back, so we volunteer our time at the fish fry and festival.”
Regarding the added support to the Bishop’s Education Fund, Eileen offers a short prayer. “Amen!”
Investing in Catholic Education
Rebekah Grinnen teaches in a public school district but is grateful for the chance to send her four children to a Catholic school, thanks to support from the Bishop’s Education Fund and other assistance.
“Not only are my children receiving a quality education, but the opportunity for them to openly give praise to God is precious,” Mrs. Grinnen said. “As a public school teacher, I come into contact with hundreds of students on a daily basis. I can easily spot those who have attended Catholic school. Their morality and presence truly stand out from all of the rest.”
Our Campaign for The Church Alive! allocated $12 million to increase the Fund’s permanent endowment by 60 percent, enabling thousands more students to benefit from a Catholic education, in addition to the more than 42,000 young people who are taught the faith in parish religious education programs.
Not all families with proven need will receive grants because there is not enough funding to help everyone. In recent years, through the Fund and other assistance, the diocese was able to provide only about 26 percent of the demonstrated financial need to help families enroll in Catholic schools.
“Thank you for all that you do for not only my family, but for all of those who are blessed with the support from the Diocese of Pittsburgh,” Mrs. Grinnen said.