Marquette to host the Seton Family of Catholic Schools Mass at the Al McGuire Center

Jan. 2, 2020

Al McGuire CenterMILWAUKEE — Marquette University will host the Seton Family of Catholic Schools Mass on Tuesday, Jan. 7, at 10:15 a.m. in the Al McGuire Center, 770 N. 12th St.

The Mass will bring together all 10 Seton schools that serve 2.500 students in Greater Milwaukee to celebrate St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, the first native-born American canonized by the Catholic Church and founder of the American Catholic elementary school. Milwaukee Archbishop Jerome E. Listecki will be the principal celebrant and Marquette President Michael R. Lovell will deliver a short address, as well.

“Seton Catholic Schools are an important part of the foundation of Catholic education,” said Lovell. “Just as our university serves as a gathering place for students from nearly every state and 84 countries, we’re pleased to open our doors to Greater Milwaukee Seton students, faculty and staff for this Mass.”

Following the Mass, eighth grade students will take a campus tour to explore university life and aspirations for their futures.

“We are greatly appreciative of Marquette University’s support in hosting this inaugural event for Seton Catholic Schools,” said Brian Couch, president of Seton Catholic Schools. “This will be the first time that our 10 schools will come together in one location, allowing us to create a significant pastoral moment for Seton students and celebrate their growth and academic achievement. Additionally, with Marquette hosting this event, it will offer valuable exposure for our students to consider and understand the opportunity of college in their future.”

Media are welcome to attend and should contact Kevin Conway at Interviews with Listecki, Lovell and Couch will be available following the Mass.

Seton Catholic Schools was established in November 2015 as a new initiative of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee as an outcome of the 2014 Synod of The Archdiocese of Milwaukee which identified urban Catholic schools as a priority need and a matter of social justice. One additional catalyst for its formation was a November 2014 forum hosted by Marquette Law School and the College of Education, “The Future of Catholic K-12 Education: National and Milwaukee Perspectives.” Speakers at the event discussed the need for improved academic achievement amongst students and increased Catholic identity in Milwaukee’s urban Catholic schools.    

The Seton Family of Catholic Schools include four five-star schools and five additional four-star schools as designated by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction report cards for 2019. Approximately 80  percent of students attend via school choice vouchers.

About Kevin Conway

Kevin Conway

Kevin is the associate director for university communication in the Office of University Relations. Contact Kevin at (414) 288-4745 or