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2 us to recognize this dignity in others, sharing in Jesus' own mission to serve everyone and to bring them also to eternal life. Focusing on discipleship can make our schools places of hope for the future, especially during this difficult time in our culture. The world is suffering for lack of God and our schools can be an oasis of God's life for our students, families, and teachers. Everyone who comes into contact with our schools should be able to expe- rience what is most important in life: a lasting encounter with Jesus Christ. I hope that this f ramework will serve as a catalyst for deepening discipleship in our Catholic schools. I want to thank all our school leaders and teachers for their service to our students. I also would like to invite you to continue deepening your relationship with Christ. Please allow your teaching and service to flow f rom a daily encounter with God in prayer. I want to assure you that forming disciples is truly possible, especially when we follow Jesus' method of forming disciples. As we continue to grow in prayer and share our faith with our students, we can then invite them into a deeper life of faith and prayer and accompany them in their own growth in virtue and holiness. We need to keep our ultimate commitment and priority focused on helping our students to encounter Christ and to live with him. I am very grateful for this f ramework and am confident that it will help our schools to understand our distinct mission more clearly and to have stronger guid - ance in how to carry it out. Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila, Archbishop of Denver

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