It is from its Catholic identity that the school derives its original characteristics and its structure as a genuine instrument of the Church, a place of real and specific pastoral ministry....In this way "Catholic schools are at once places of evangelization, of complete formation, of inculturation, of apprenticeship in a lively dialogue between young people of different religions and social backgrounds.” The ecclesial nature of the Catholic school, therefore, is written in the very heart of its identity as a teaching institution.
– The Catholic School in the Third Millenium, s.11
The Catholic school is not an “Education Factory.” It is above all a community of Catholics united by a common love of learning, a “Joy in the Truth.” What is studied in the classroom is lived out by faculty and students, administrators and staff.Students come to integrate faith and life naturally; they taste in their school the solidity and glory of Catholic doctrine.
At the heart of the Catholic school is the Chapel, in which the central liturgical action of all Catholic communities takes place. Devotion to Jesus Christ and His Body, the Church, is the foundation of a vibrant Catholic school. The source and summit of this devotion is found in the Chapel.
The living nature of the Catholic school as a community of formation affects in a particular way the role of teachers.
In the Catholic school, "prime responsibility for creating this unique Christian school climate rests with the teachers, as individuals and as a community.” Teaching has an extraordinary moral depth and is one of man's most excellent and creative activities, for the teacher does not write on inanimate material, but on the very spirits of human beings. The personal relations between the teacher and the students, therefore, assume an enormous importance and are not limited simply to giving and taking. Moreover, we must remember that teachers and educators fulfil a specific Christian vocation and share an equally specific participation in the mission of the Church, to the extent that "it depends chiefly on them whether the Catholic school achieves its purpose.”
(The Catholic School on the Threshold of the Third Millenium, s.19)
The Holy See's Teaching on Catholic Schools
- Archbishop Miller
The Holy See, through its documents and interventions, whether of the Pope or of other Vatican offices, sees in Catholic schools an enormous heritage and an indispensable instrument in carrying out the Church's mission in the third Christian millennium. Ensuring their genuinely Catholic identity is the Church's greatest challenge.
The Catholic School on the Threshold of the Third Millennium
- Congregation for Catholic Education
On the threshold of the third millennium education faces new challenges which are the result of a new socio-political and cultural context. First and foremost, we have a crisis of values…
The Catholic School
- Congregation for Catholic Education
Introduction • Post-Conciliar Catholic School • Content and importance of Document • The raison d'etre of the Catholic School • Addressee of the document
Mission of Catholic Schools for Evangelization Today
- Cardinal Zenon Grocholewski, Prefect, Congregation for Catholic Education
On 19 November, Cardinal Zenon Grocholewski presented the new instruction on "Consecrated Persons and their Mission in Schools", focusing on the indispensable mission of Catholic schools today in the work of the new evangelization.… ".
Pope Benedict XVI's speech at University of Regensburg
This is the prepared text from which Pope Benedict XVI spoke as he addressed an academic audience at the Unviersity of Regensburg on September 12 ... more
Chapel Resources “The Teaching Role of Sacred Liturgy”
The central role of liturgy in the teaching ministry of the Church has long been recognized. A clear understanding of the content and high meaning of the Church's liturgy is therefore a fundamental goal of all catechetical programs. If, through our catechesis, we are successful in engendering those dispositions of reverence, wonder, and contemplation necessary to be most edified and transformed in the light of liturgy, we will have opened the vast storehouse of the Church's treasury to the souls of our Catholics in formation. read more
Beyond the Test, the Institute Newsletter (May 2009, on Religion)