Thank you for visiting our website. So, the question is "Why Catholic Schools?" It is our goal at OLPH to ensure that the whole character -- spiritual, intellectual, social, emotional, moral, and physical -- of every student is developed to the fullest. Spiritually – through our Catholic identity which his integrated into the classroom; Socially, Emotionally, and Morally by living out Luke’s Gospel message, Of whom much is given, much is expected, with our work within the community to include 21 years of SAMM Ministry, delivery of clothing and supplies for Guadalupanas Home for unwed mothers, weekly food deliveries to St. Vincent DePaul Society, and partnering with HEB and the Selma City Council; and physically, with our actions upon the fields of friendly strife.
Related to this is the question of why am I here as Principal of a Catholic elementary school in Selma, TX? There are several reasons. Perhaps the root cause is from the poem Ulysses, by Lord Alfred Tennyson...I am a part of all that I have met. Through the blending of education and experience, and all who have been instrumental in my life, I am able to get to the why of learning. Also, the words of Isaiah 6:8 Whom shall I send? Send me, brought me to this vocation after serving this country in the military for over 30 years. My desire is to give back to those who brought me to where I am in my life, and pay it forward. My faith and educational foundation was ingrained in me (and my eight siblings) as a product of twelve years of Cathlolic schooling and my devout Catholic parents for whom we all are ever thankful.
Here at OLPH, we understand that the root of the word education stems from its Latin root, duco, meaning to lead, and e or ex, meaning from or away. Through education, one is led from one ignorance to knowledge. I believe and have lived the word of Navy Admiral James Stockdale, Education is an ornament in prosperity, and a refuge in adversity. The firm foundation established from a Catholic education ensures that one possesses that necessary refuge.
Lastly, through Catholic schools, we are able to integrate, faith, family, flag, friends, and fun in our lives. We do that here everyday at OLPH. Our hope is that you will also be a part of it.
Our Lady of Perpetual Help...Pray For Us
Francis B. Burns
Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic School
Kindergarten- 8th Grade
16075 N. Evans Road
Selma, Texas 78154
210.651.6811 ext. 124
Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic School builds character and
shapes tomorrow's leaders by delivering academic excellence
in a Catholic faith based community.