Ann Bruggeman, our Principal at Christ the King School, has studied at and worked in Catholic schools nearly all her life. She herself graduated from Christ the King School, and in 2021, she was offered an opportunity to return.
“I’m a product of Catholic schools and a big believer in Catholic education,” Principal Bruggeman says. “I worked in several capacities at Lexington Catholic, where my husband works, and never thought I would leave the high school arena. The timing was right with my kids in fourth and sixth grade at Christ the King School, and this school is a wonderful place to be.”
Catholic Schools Week (CSW) is an annual tradition led by the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) to celebrate the impact of Catholic schools, and Principal Bruggeman knows personally what a gift Catholic education is.
“We are blessed here in Lexington with several options for Catholic schools, but not everyone is afforded that option,” she says. “CSW is a time to not only share what we do in the school but also a time to grow in appreciation for the gift of Catholic schools, which many take for granted.”
This year, the theme from NCEA is “Catholic Schools: United in Faith and Community.” Different Catholic schools will interpret the theme in their own contexts.
“The fact that we’re a parish school attached to a church is important,” Principal Bruggeman says. “This is the perfect theme for what we do on a regular basis, which is uniting the parish and the school together.”
Each year, Christ the King School celebrates CSW in some traditional ways. One of those ways is coming together for a kick-off Mass on Sunday as CSW begins.
“The students participate in the Mass in different ways including, for example, doing the readings,” Principal Bruggeman says. “It’s a great opportunity to showcase what our students are doing in terms of service to the Church.”
On different days of the week, different people and groups who are part of the Christ the King School community are celebrated specifically.
“We have a day to celebrate our priests and clergy, a fun day for students, and a day for parents who make this possible for the students,” Principal Bruggeman says. “We also have a day to celebrate our teachers with a special lunch put on by volunteer parents who also cover their classes so that they can eat for a full hour.”
One meaningful tradition that was held during CSW prior to the COVID-19 pandemic will make its return this year.
“All the Catholic schools around the diocese come together here at the cathedral to celebrate a Mass,” Principal Bruggeman says. “Everyone is here together with the bishop, and it’s special. This Mass is coming back this year.”
In many ways, we unintentionally take for granted what we have in Catholic schools, and CSW offers us an opportunity to celebrate the gift of Catholic education together.
“Each day we can pray in the classroom and teach about the faith,” Principal Bruggeman says. “From someone who has been through CSW as a teacher and an administrator, we’re blessed as adults to be in a place where we can embrace the faith in these ways.”
For more information about Catholic Schools Week at Christ the King School, contact Principal Ann Bruggeman at 859-266-5641 or firstname.lastname@example.org.