educators

Catholic education is a ministry, newbie teachers learn at orientation

Just weeks before the start of the school year, a crop of new Catholic school teachers assembled at the Cardinal Rigali Center for orientation into their new roles.

No doubt some of them were just as nervous as their students likely will be on the first day. Elementary schools in the archdiocese begin classes the week of Aug. 14, with most high schools starting around that time.

Catholic education a family environment for faith formation, says Duchesne student ambassador

Sarah Jenkins, left, a Duchesne High School senior, will be the only student participant in a panel discussion on the state of Catholic education at the 2017 Convention and Expo of the National Catholic Educational Association. More than 8,000 educators and leaders are expected to attend.

This week when many Catholic schools will be off for Easter/spring break, Sarah Jenkins will be sitting shoulder to shoulder with some of the biggest names in Catholic education.

Jenkins, a senior at Duchesne High School in St. Charles, was tapped to speak at a panel discussion at the National Catholic Educational Association Convention and Expo, taking place in St. Louis April 18-20. More than 8,000 attendees from across the United States and Canada are expected at the America's Center Downtown this week for an exchange of ideas and professional development opportunities.

Pope: Educators form lives that are ready to face the future

Jenny Johns, first- and second-grade teacher at St. John Paul II Classical School in Green Bay, Wis., answered a question for first-grader Gwendolyn Danz Jan. 12.

VATICAN CITY — Catholic schools and universities play a key role in evangelization and in creating a more humane world built on dialogue and hope, Pope Francis said.

Future generations who are "educated in a Christian way for dialogue, will come out of the classroom motivated to build bridges and, therefore, to find new answers to the many challenges of our times," he said.

Four archdiocesan high schools have priest-administrators

LISA JOHNSTON | lisajohnston@archstl.org

Four priest-educators — Father Edward Nemeth of St. Pius X High School, Father Mitchell Doyen of St. Mary’s High School, Father Michael Lydon of Bishop DuBourg High School and Father Robert Suit of John F. Kennedy Catholic High School — all have leadership positions in archdiocesan high schools.

All Catholics know missionary priests go to foreign shores to spread the Gospel. But here at home another type of missionary priest is forming the faith of the youth of the Church in a more familiar setting -- Catholic high schools.

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