Dear CEA:

We thank you, without your financial support, we will not be able to have our daughters in private Catholic schools. 

How has CEA helped make Catholic education attainable and affordable to your family?

We are a dual-working family, however, our finances do not allow us to save enough money to pay for the full tuition costs. Without the financial support of CEA we would not be able to have our daughters have the opportunity to excel academically while learning about the values we treasure the most–our Catholic faith. We believe a person to be successful needs both academics, most importantly, a relationship with God.  CEA is creating a path for our daughters to excel in our society. 

What does a Catholic education mean to you and your family?

Genesis Cruz-Patino’s response 6th grade at St. Vincent De Paul Catholic School

I am thankful to be in a Catholic school because I get the opportunity to learn about the life of Jesus and all the saints. Every year we learn fun ways to learn about God, for example, we have Vincentian Marian Youth (VMY), all saints days, and our school mass on Wednesdays.  I love being in a Catholic school because I feel safe. 

Camila Cruz-Patino’s response 9th grade at Xavier’s College Preparatory

Education is a top priority for me, having a proper education, and a good one is something I strive for which is something I know I am getting through a Catholic Education. Catholic education is something I value deeply, it gives me opportunities a could only dream of. Through CEA I am getting a deeper understanding of God, which will allow me to have a successful social and spiritual life. Thank you, CEA.  

Why is this opportunity important to you? 

Natalie Cruz-Patino’s response 8th grade at St. Vincent De Paul Catholic School

This opportunity is important to me because I have seen my life positively change.  I used to go to a public school, it was awful, with drugs, violence and bullying. It did not help me in my journey with God.  Catholic education is helping me be a better human being, not only by gaining academic skills but also helping me, be the best version of myself in Jesus, my savior. 

Camila Cruz-Patino’s response 9th grade at Xavier’s College Preparatory

My parents weren’t as fortunate as me to have attended a private education. I am extremely blessed and thankful for this amazing opportunity I am given, and I will forever be grateful for my Catholic Education, an opportunity given by you.  Once you are also providing my sisters. Thank you and God Bless you. 

How would you thank those that have helped make your education possible through their state tax dollars and encourage them to continue to support Catholic Education Arizona?

“And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19)

Thank you for your support and for making a positive difference in the world, and for providing children, like mine, the opportunity to gain skills and have a personal relationship with God.  Without you, our three daughters will not be the kind, respectful, God-loving girls they are!  There are no words to express our gratitude for your support, we pray, this support will continue and reach many kids, as we need God in our lives and it is crucial our kids learn about God early on–you are making this happen and for that, you will receive many blessings. Thank you!

Kindest Regards,

Cruz-Patino Family