Summer 2014 Issue

    Image of summit logoAs we anticipate the fall start of classes and look back upon our full, rich and energizing summer events, the fruit of our labors becomes apparent.

    We witnessed blooms of joy as the season began with a celebration of fifteen years of dedicated service to Catholic schools with alumni and friends of Lalanne. We also welcomed twelve new members in the 2014-15 Lalanne cohort.

    Inquiry and innovation grew as teachers and principals, 244 strong, infused the University of Dayton campus during the National Catholic Educational Association’s STREAM (Science, Technology, Religion, Engineering, Arts, Math) Symposium in late June. In very short order, the 2014 Catholic Education Summit then inspired those in attendance to nurture Catholic identity through charism, culture, and curriculum. These two professional development opportunities highlighted the foundations of Catholic education, faith formation and academic excellence.

    As the St. Remy Initiative flourishes for an eighth year, participants enjoyed their annunal pilgrimage. Our Lady of Fatima Retreat House and St. Mary of the Woods provided fertile ground to grow spiritually and in community.

    Guests from twelve Marianist-sponsored high schools cultivated partnerships during the Teaching as Ministry experience to gain insight and perspective on the Characteristics of Marianist Education and commit to making an impact on the Marianist character of their schools.

    Finally, the very full summer slowed for a leisurely day of reading the latest and greatest picture books as the Annual Picture Book Read-In brought nearly fifty teachers from eighteen schools to campus.

    Please read along to witness the blessings God granted us in this time of warm, sunny days and full moons where we marveled at the abundant variety of committed educators and the creative means they employ to educate in schools filled with love, care, faith and academic accomplishments to give honor and glory to God.

    May the new school year be bright and enticing!

    Susan Ferguson

    Director, Center for Catholic Education
    University of Dayton

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