Forming the imagination is one of the most important tasks for Catholic educators. “The Sacramental Imagination” is the theme of this year’s Catholic Classical Schools Conference, and we have devoted our two feature articles in this issue to related themes. In one, I share my reflections on how J.R.R. Tolkien’s works impacted my imagination in ways that prepared me to re-embrace my Catholic heritage. In the other, Michael Moynihan of The Heights School warns about how our entertainment culture causes an atrophy of the imagination, with serious consequences for education. Also thinking about our Conference led us to Focus On the amazing success of The Regina Academies of Philadelphia, hosts of this year’s Conference. And we have a surprise Featured Resource, which is also an announcement about an important step forward for The Institute.
We ask you to pray for our work. An increasing number of Catholic schools, dioceses, and
teaching orders are seriously considering embracing a classical liberal arts orientation. The
Lord seems to have prepared us over the past decade to be able to help with advice, training, and inspiration. We are entering into new and larger waters, but with faith in Him and in your prayers and support.
Andrew T. Seeley, PhD