Education

Balance of solidarity, subsidiarity guide future of Catholic schools

The proposal of three school models in the Archdiocese of St. Louis signals a major shift in the way the Catholic Education Office operates and how they're looking at the future of Catholic education in St. Louis.  Students at Blessed Teresa of Calcutta will be an Archdiocesan School model. Makalo Spencer seemed to raise his hand for every question about subjective personal pronouns during his sixth grade language arts lesson.

Kurt Nelson sees the future of Catholic education in the archdiocese as that of balancing a set of scales. On one side you have subsidiarity — the principle of making decisions at the most local level possible. On the other, you've got solidarity — Catholics throughout the archdiocese acting together as one Body in Christ.

"We want people to do the things they need to do, to have those freedoms," the superintendent of Catholic education said. "And where they have challenges, we want the solidarity piece to show how we are working as a larger Church. It's a balancing of both of these."

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NCEA honors St. Louis educators

Chaminade student exudes calm, peace found in example of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Miles Williams served breakfast to residents of Father Dempsey’s Charities as part of his service work through Chaminade College Preparatory. Williams is one of 32 2017 Martin Luther King Jr. Model of Justice honorees who were recognized Jan. 15.

The first time Miles Williams made breakfast for homeless men at Father Dempsey's Charities, he took his time neatly lining the bacon on the pan, much to the annoyance of his fellow volunteers.

It was a first-timer's mistake, he later acknowledged with a grin, and it earned him the nickname "Rookie." Now a senior at Chaminade College Preparatory, Williams knows the routine — pile on the bacon, and get it done quickly.

SEEK 2017 inspires college students to evangelize on campuses

Young adults prayed at Mass as part of the Jan. 3-7 biennial SEEK conference in San Antonio, Texas. The event was designed to bring evangelization efforts to college campuses.

SAN ANTONIO — In need of reigniting the fire for his Catholic faith, Jeremy Martins found the flame he needed at SEEK 2017.

"SEEK is the log I was waiting for," said Martins, a junior at Benedictine College in Atchison, Kan. "It has been two years since a real encounter with Christ."

‘Renaissance’ of Catholic education to extend to North County schools

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The Archdiocesan School Oversight Committee is recommending the creation of a new partnership model of governance among four Catholic schools in the Northeast St. Louis County.

Under the model, four schools — St. Angela Merici, St. Ferdinand, St. Norbert and St. Rose Philippine Duchesne, all in Florissant — would be jointly operated by the sponsoring parishes and the archdiocese. The new model would ensure educational and religious educational programs are of similar quality in all of the schools, including enhanced staffing and programs.

School Oversight Committee to address Northeast County Deanery

The Archdiocesan School Oversight Committee is working on a plan to address issues affecting Catholic elementary schools in the Northeast County Deanery.

A letter sent to families of students in the deanery noted that the Catholic population in the area and school enrollment continues to decline, and some parishes struggle to financially maintain their schools in the short term.

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