Modeling God's Mercy in the Classroom

Posted by Eric Buell on Jan 30, 2020 7:01:00 AM

My students often find Christ in unexpected ways. One was invited to wash the feet of a homeless woman. During this interaction, she was asked to cut the woman’s toenails. In the process of doing so, the toenail flung away from the foot and ricocheted off of my student’s head. They both laughed in a moment of communal humility and joy. In relating this incident, she wrote, “I bet this never happened to Jesus.”

Such #neverhappenedtoJesus moments help us think creatively about Pope Francis’ challenge to create homes in our institutions. “A home, as we all know, demands that everyone work together. No one can be indifferent or stand apart, since each is a stone needed to build the home. This also involves asking the Lord to grant us the grace to learn how to be patient, to forgive one another, to start over each day” (Christus Vivit, §217).

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Topics: Catholic education, formation, mercy, Catholic Schools Week

Engaging Adult Faith Formation in Catholic Grade Schools

Posted by Beth Franzosa on Jan 28, 2020 10:00:28 AM

This Catholic Schools Week, we have so much to be proud of when we look at the ways Catholic schools help students grow in faith, knowledge, service, and leadership. My hope for Catholic schools is that we can also use our unique position and mission to impact the adults who work for us. For me, one of the most valuable parts of working at a Catholic school is that I can grow in faith along with my students and build a faith community with other adults. 

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Topics: Catholic education, Catholic Schools Week, adult faith formation

The Gift of Catholic Education

Posted by Clare Kilbane on Jan 27, 2020 6:48:00 AM

Although many people experience a “let down” in January after the holidays are over, students, parents, teachers, and others associated with Catholic schools have an opportunity to continue the festivity through Catholic Schools Week (CSW). Special liturgies, essay contests, community receptions, “dress-down” days, and other thematically-linked activities celebrate the gift of Catholic education.

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Topics: Catholic education, education, school, Catholic Schools Week

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