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Department of Advancement

"Wash the plate not because it is dirty, nor because you are told to wash it, but because you love the person who will use it next." -

Saint Teresa of Calcutta

I feel extremely blessed to be able to work for the same schools I grew up in. My parents both graduated from Lourdes High School and gave me and my five siblings the gift of Catholic education – a gift that my wife and I are now able to pass on to our own children.

Quality people are the heart of Rochester Catholic Schools (RCS) and I am extremely fortunate to work with a team of passionate administrators, faculty, staff, board members and benefactors who commit themselves daily to creating a rich educational experience for our students and school community. At RCS we are proud of our recognized and celebrated tradition of academic excellence, service-learning and faith formation. In addition, our schools offer outstanding extra- and co-curricular activities that help to round and shape each student for a life of learning and faithful service to Christ and His Church.

Our RCS Department of Advancement embraces the call to raise both awareness and support of our Catholic school system within the greater Rochester community and beyond. By investing in key strategic areas such as marketing, public relations, special events, communications, stewardship, donor cultivation and relationship development, the Department of Advancement seeks to heighten the profile of Rochester Catholic Schools in an effort to ensure our ability to continue our mission of supporting students who love, learn and live their faith in service to others…both now, and well into the future.

The RCS faith community is blessed by the prayers, service, and philanthropy of our supporters whose contributions are vital to the success of our students and our schools. At RCS we believe that each of us, as members of the Catholic community, is called to pass along the gift of a Catholic education, not out of duty, but out of love for the next generation of faithful.

“It is the responsibility of the entire Catholic community – bishops, priests, deacons, religious, and laity – to continue to strive towards the goal of making Catholic elementary and secondary schools available, accessible, and affordable to all Catholic parents and their children…” Renewing Our Commitment §1

To learn more about how you can help provide for the gift of Catholic education, please click here. Thank you for your volunteer time, financial support, and especially, your prayers. Together we can wash the plates of today for the harvests and feasts of tomorrow.

Mike Kesler '91
Director of Advancement