Jubilee Schools of Memphis
Memphis has more than its fair share of disenfranchised neighborhoods and, unfortunately, the impact of this poverty most often affects the children. The Jubilee Schools were created to provide the parents a resource to overcome the obstacles they face in their passionate struggle to provide for their children.
In the late 1990's, Bishop J. Terry Steib, S.V.D. had a vision. Urban Catholic schools that had previously been closed due to low enrollment numbers and lack of funding would be reopened to serve those with the greatest need—the children of inner-city Memphis neighborhoods. The goal was to create a learning environment where children and their families could learn, and grow and be loved. They were named in honor of the Jubilee year, a year of mercy for the underserved.
“My vision is for these Jubilee Schools to be beacons of light for those who need them most.” Bishop J. Terry Steib, S.V.D.
Dr. Mary McDonald, past superintendent of schools for the Catholic Diocese of Memphis accepted the challenge of opening the Jubilee Schools with a clear vision and unwavering faith.“We don’t teach these students because they are Catholic. We need to teach them because we are Catholic.” Dr. Mary C. McDonald