Second collection, BIMO grant aids tuition for DOK schools

With the beginning of a new school year, the Diocese of Knoxville annually takes up a second collection for Catholic School Tuition Assistance to assist the 10 diocesan schools with tuition support of students.

More than 3,100 Catholic school students in the diocese benefit from a holistic education that focuses on formation, spiritually, emotionally, socially, physically, and academically. All 100 percent of students in Diocese of Knoxville schools continued their educational studies through the efforts of the Catholic schools’ teachers and administrators.

Given the current economic situation, the need for supplemental tuition support has doubled over the past five years. A record $5.2 million in tuition support was given to families this past year. Dr. Sedonna Prater, superintendent of Diocese of Knoxville schools, expressed her appreciation to all who have supported and continue to generously support Catholic education in the diocese.

“Only through your continued generosity is it possible to continue to ensure that anyone who desires to attend one of our outstanding Catholic schools will not be turned away,” Dr. Prater said.

She also expressed her gratitude to the U.S. Bishops’ Black and Indian Mission Office, which provided a $15,000 grant to Notre Dame High School for this calendar year, the first such grant diocesan schools have received from the organization.

Each year on the first Sunday of Lent, the Diocese of Knoxville has taken up a second collection to assist the Black and Indian Mission Office with its continuing efforts to assist dioceses like the Diocese of Knoxville. For more information, visit blackand​indianmission.org.

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