Whose School Is It?

Ozark Catholic Academy's motto: Docilitas, Veritas, Libertas, Sanctificate fits well with Jacques Maritain's understanding of freedom gained from education. In his book Education at the Crossroads, Maritain argues that education “has its own essence and its own aims.” Education is for “the inner liberation of the human person.” It is essentially humanistic and therefore resists … Continue reading Whose School Is It?

Theological Foundation of Catholic Education

Schall reflects on Tracey Rowland's assessment of Catholics in the world.  Rowland's observation that, "It is a common experience, not just in Scotland (which has state aid for Catholic schools), Australia, or the United States, that someone can attend years of ostensibly Catholic schooling yet end up knowing little of what it is all about and … Continue reading Theological Foundation of Catholic Education

Why We Need Mentors

Catholic Studies programs were not created for non-Catholics to study the Catholic Faith, but rather to deepen the knowledge and formation of Catholics to live in the world. After four years of college, young graduates are looking to enter the workplace and live on their own. All important first steps for young college graduates. But … Continue reading Why We Need Mentors

The Liberal Arts: Dawson’s Prerequisite for the Reconstruction of Christendom

The Liberal arts are defined from the Latin, as the "freeing arts."  Dr. Brad Birzer states in the essay below, "The liberal arts must also embrace and engage, at a fundamental level, the faculty of imagination. Only the latter would prevent the narrowing decay of an understanding of the world and the human person." Reading Rod … Continue reading The Liberal Arts: Dawson’s Prerequisite for the Reconstruction of Christendom

Growing Beyond a 15 year old Catholic School

In reading inspiring educators and school founders, it is important to note that each school's circumstances are different, unique...but it is when someone asks why a Catholic school? Most of these founders answers would be similar: ‘A Catholic school is the most valuable thing in the world’, as McDermott states in the article below. Since … Continue reading Growing Beyond a 15 year old Catholic School

Why Catholic Education is Better Education

Professor Hanby has been part of reinventing a Catholic School, St. Jerome Academy, and  continues to pursue research and teaching at the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family. The heart of a Catholic school, is Christ, particularly, that he can truly be present in the tabernacle, not just through the … Continue reading Why Catholic Education is Better Education

Toward a Distinctly Catholic School

This is the third document that I used in my vision presentation for creating a Catholic high school. Beginning a Catholic high school where there is not one, a questions that is asked in variety of forms of  why do we need a Catholic high school when all the education is the area that is … Continue reading Toward a Distinctly Catholic School

Knowledge, Virtue, and Holiness

This is the second article that I included in the vision presentation for creating a Catholic high school.   https://www.catholiceducation.org/en/education/philosophy-of-education/knowledge-virtue-and-holiness.html Written by Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone I.    Introduction In his first Encyclical, Lumen fidei ("The Light of Faith"), Pope Francis begins with the following words: The light of Faith: this is how the Church's tradition speaks … Continue reading Knowledge, Virtue, and Holiness

Saving the Soul of Catholic Schools

  I ponder this article in light of starting a school and securing the fundamental pillars of what makes a school Catholic as well as schools that exist today and how these are the pillars from which they should be renewed. R. Jared Staudt's statement of what makes a Catholic school Catholic is to the … Continue reading Saving the Soul of Catholic Schools

The Holy See’s Teachings on Catholic Schools

There were three documents that I included in vision presentation for a creating a new Catholic high school.  This is document #1. I would say the first concrete sign from the Holy See that I remember in acknowledging a turning or Renaissance in Catholic Education is this speech and subsequent document presented by Archbishop Michael … Continue reading The Holy See’s Teachings on Catholic Schools