Fall 2015 Issue

We are bringing this newsletter to you in the aftermath of Pope Francis’ visit to the United States.  The message he shared filled many of us with faith and hope.  As the Pope is a gentle teacher, we learned of his commitments to the environment, to the poor and marginalized, for mercy, to dialogue, and of course to families among so many messages to the Church, the nation, and the world. 

Encouraged by the Pope’s message, we pause in this newsletter to express our gratitude and share initiatives, events, and the lives of those committed to Catholic education.  We hope you will be inspired and feel supported by the stellar work of those who have chosen a vocation in Catholic education.   Our dedicated Lalanne teachers demonstrate commitment to students in Catholic schools, many of them impoverished for lack of material resources and sometimes spiritual nurture.  Having recently learned about the leaving for new Arch/dioceses by some of our colleagues in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, we express our gratitude for their leadership and legacy of strategic planning.

A usual flurry of summer on and off campus activity energizes us for a new school year!  In keeping with Pope Francis’ message of family, the 2015 Catholic Education Summit brought stakeholders together for purposes of encouraging family engagement and reviewing issues in leadership pertaining to succession planning, charism, and accompaniment.  The call to Summit participants to listen, dialogue, plan and act resulted in a reply to implement new strategies for families and for positive leadership.  Catechists of adolescents also gathered for the NCEA Wisdom and Witness Symposium to share reminders about development of faith, character, and morality.  Our Urban Child Development Resource Center team members sought means to empower parents and families as partners in the education and development of their children as they attended the National Family and Community Engagement Conference in Chicago. Additionally, Drs. Arnold and Sableski continue to offer professional development opportunities to teachers in our region!!  Providing professional development to Catholic school educators is certainly paramount in our mission.

Please see the introductory article about Catholic Education Conversation, our new blog.  As Pope Francis encourages dialogue, we hope you will read and reply to our posts!  We are excited to have a team of University of Dayton undergraduate education students as our writing team.  Please share your insights with us!  Blog, blog, blog…dialogue, dialogue, dialogue!

Susan Ferguson
Director, Center for Catholic Education
University of Dayton

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