Virtue-based discipline

The sixth graders entered the 2015-16 school year at Our Lady Queen of Peace School with their reputation preceding them.

Homeroom teacher Terry Ostlund described it as steeped in "conflict." Student Paige Vancil defined it as "drama." For math and science teacher Rebecca Nestor, their reputation was "negative."

Regardless of the word, the reputation had been firmly entrenched "since the primary grades," Ostlund said. "They've had a rough go."

Collaboration between Paul VI, Holy Apostles to expand educational opportunities

Students at the Pontifical Paul VI Catechetical Institute may apply courses toward an online master's degree at Holy Apostles College and Seminary, as part of a new collaboration between the two educational institutions.

Those who have completed courses taught by approved instructors at Paul VI, dating back to 2010, will receive up to nine credit hours toward an online master's degree in theology or pastoral studies at Holy Apostles, located in Cromwell, Conn. The credits will be applied as elective courses toward the degrees. Both master's programs each require 36 credit hours.

BRIMMING WITH HOPE | Message about Catholic education from 1931 still rings true

Kurt Nelson

Last month the Catholic Education Office moved back to the Cardinal Rigali Center. While moving is both exciting and exhausting, I also found it to be a little surprising.

BRIMMING WITH HOPE | Nothing beats a firsthand experience

Kurt Nelson

It happens nearly every time I go on a trip. Even though I photograph all the amazing things I experience, I get home only to find that the photographs failed to capture the full essence of what I was documenting. I might also tell friends and loved ones, "wish you were here" when I miss their company. But I don't just miss their physical presence, I also want them to see and feel the same things I am and won't be able to fully express it in words or pictures. Nothing beats experiencing something firsthand. Nothing beats being there yourself.

BRIMMING WITH HOPE | The Paramount Importance of Catholic Education

Kurt Nelson

This week is a special one for Catholic education as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of "Gravissimum Educationis," the Second Vatican Council's Declaration on Christian Education, promulgated by Blessed Pope Paul VI on Oct. 28, 1965.

The council reminded us of the threefold purpose of education: forming the human person, promoting the good of society and preparing each person's soul for its eternal end. These earthly and eternal purposes of education are also reflected in one of the priorities of the Alive in Christ! Mission Advancement Initiative -- Catechesis and Academic Excellence.

Editorial | Educate me, please

Pope Francis offers a guide to Catholic education when he urges us to create the material and spiritual conditions for young people's full development. This will give them a solid basis on which to build their lives; guaranteeing their safety and their education will help them to be everything they can be, the pope explains.

With the help of many, many parishioners and others, that is what Catholic educators are doing in the Archdiocese of St. Louis. The key is the help they receive.

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