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Copy of To Teach As Jesus Did
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Which "sign" of the times are you following?
The roadmap of "To Teach As Jesus Did" can be seen concretely in many deliberate practices of Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin School. In this presentation, I will focus on five specific ways.
In TTJD #10, the success of the Church’s educational mission will also be judged by how well it helps the Catholic community to see the dignity of human life with the vision of Jesus and involve itself in the search for solutions to the presenting problems of society. Christians are obliged to seek justice and peace in the world. Catholics individually and collectively should join wherever possible with all persons of good will in the effort to solve the social problems in ways which consistently reflect Gospel values.
Over my past twelve years at NDCL, Catholic educators have made great strides in expanding the linguistics and application of the Catholic Social Teachings.
With each of the 7 themes of CST: Dignity of the Human Person, Call to Family, Option for the Poor and Vulnerable, Rights of Workers, Solidarity, and Care of God’s Creation
—NDCL has not only focused the curriculum around building the essentials of this foundation in the grade levels, but applying them in the mission driven opportunities in service learning: march for life, Lucasville trips to stop executions, assisted living relationship building, retreats, sacraments, Kairos, Nicaragua emersions, and the development of an elective in Christian Leadership that demonstrates these leadership experiences.
Over the last two school improvement plans, NDCL has developed a mission and vision statement that engulfs not only this scriptural passage, but the essence of continuing the mission of Christ today.
Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin
is a Catholic, co-educational, college preparatory school
sponsored by the Sisters of Notre Dame.
NDCL educates leaders who transform the world, as Jesus did, by living the truth in love.
Like Mary, who gave Christ to the world,
As a community of faith and learning
rooted in the enduring values of Notre Dame Academy and Cathedral Latin School,
Empowered by the Spirit of Jesus Christ,
Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin School will be recognized
for its Christian impact in our increasingly diverse world.
We guide and challenge our students as they discover
and develop their God-given talents so that they can
faithfully respond to Jesus’ call throughout their lives.
As they live the truth in love, our graduates will be
distinguished by leadership and service. Their lives will
transform the world by promoting justice, pursuing
peace, caring for creation, building unity, and
engendering hope in the hearts of all.
TTJD #22; In sum, doctrine is not merely a matter for the intellect, but is the basis for a way of life as envisioned by St. Paul: “Let us profess the truth in love and grow to the full maturity of Christ the head.” (Ephesians, 4:15)
TTJD #22: This community is based not on force or accident of geographic location or even deeper ties on ethnic origin, but on the life of the Spirit which unites its members in a unique fellowship…
TTJD #23: Community is at the heart of Christian education not simply as a concept to be taught but as a reality to be lived…Formed by this experience, they are better able to build community in their families, their places of work, their neighborhoods, their nation, their world.
NDCL is the “child” of Notre Dame Academy and Cathedral Latin School. The Sister of Notre Dame, and the Marianist tradition of Cathedral Latin school merged in 1988. This was a vital step in the continued traditions of these two strong Catholic schools. The essence of these schools are seen throughout the curriculum, and spiritual heritages. The communities of these schools still live on in the associations and the hall of fame inductions each Fall.
With the uncertainty of World War II and the German heritage of the Sisters of Notre Dame, the sisters moved from the “Castle at Ansel” to the remote and private area of Munson Township. This precautionary step became a blessing and curse of enrollment. Today, the community is made up of 6 counties that reach deep into the social and educational strengths of the community.
NDCL Reaching Out:
As community driven, NDCL reaches out to their sister schools of Julie Billiart, Metro Catholic, NDES, and St. Mary’s Chardon- through collaboration and shared drives. NDCL also reaches out to the SND India mission, Nicaragua, Haiti, and Uganda through service opportunities, drives, and missionary trips.
NDCL Legacy- Seasons:
The community driven school shares in their continued mission driven educational vision through the online publications, newspapers, and magazines that highlight many of the community based, and alumni based legacies.
TTJD #25: Creating readiness for growth in community through worship and through the events of everyday life is an integral part of the task of Catholic education
Daily Eucharist opportunities:
Every morning at 7:30, Deacon Bob Schwartz presides over a Eucharistic prayer service in the chapel. All students and staff are welcome.
Sacrament of Reconciliation every Thursday:
Each Thursday, Fr. Caddy from St. Francis of Assisi is available for the sacrament of reconciliation.
Each Monday morning late-start, the campus ministers facilitate the adoration of the Holy Eucharist from 7:30-8:30 for students and any available staff.
Monthly/ Feast Day Masses:
Once a month and during feast days, the celebration of the liturgy draws the NDCL community together.
Morning, Evening Prayer:
Every morning, in each class, and at the end of the day, prayer is recited as a school community and privately in the classrooms.
From his humble beginnings, Jesus showed an openness to the world. The Incarnation is an example of profound openness to the world. God did not disdain the mundaneness of this world but rather, he “so loved that world that he sent his only begotten Son so that whoever believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.” (Jn 3:16).
No doubt, if Jesus were preaching to crowds today, telling them parables, he would draw from images that are current, everyday images. As catechists, we are called to teach as Jesus did. This means that, just as Jesus had an openness to the world in which he lived, we too are called to have a spirituality that is characterized by an openness to the world.
Matthew 13:52 "Then every scribe who has been instructed in the kingdom of heaven is like the head of a household who brings from his storeroom both the new and the old."
Catholic educators that harness the creative energy of students through the use of integrated assignments, USCCB, Vatican, Scripture, Articles, and Videos all from the internet can maximize the Gospel to teach as Jesus did in the 21st century.
Many of our Theology teachers have class websites that link the students and parents to classwork and Catholic links that continue to extend teaching and learning beyond the walls of their room.
Technology and education can transform the minds of today’s learner. In Catholic Education, the case, Mitchell v. Helms opened an enormous door towards the allocation of funds for technology for Catholic schools. Although reserved for core subjects, Catholic schools now could afford to allocate funds for meeting the needs of Theology teachers in their classrooms.
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TTJD #33: Underlying virtually all of the changes occurring in the world today, both as instrument and cause are technology and the technological worldview. Technology is one of the most marvelous expressions of the human spirit in history; but it is not an unmixed blessing. It can enrich life immeasurably or make a tragedy of life. The choice is man’s, and education has a powerful role in shaping that choice.
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Catholic schools have always had a special part in the mission of the Church. “Of the education programs available,” they said in their pastoral letter To Teach As Jesus Did, “Catholic schools afford the fullest and best opportunity to realize the threefold purpose (message, community, and service) of Catholic education among children and young people.”
This passage from To Teach as Jesus Did highlights the importance which the Church places upon the role of its schools in propagating the Catholic faith:
“Catholic education is an expression of the mission entrusted by Jesus to the Church He founded. Through education, the Church seeks to prepare its members to proclaim the Good News and to translate this proclamation into action. Since the Christian vocation is a call to transform oneself and society with God’s help, the educational efforts of the Church must encompass the twin purposes of personal sanctification and social reform in light of Christian values.”
"Today, perhaps more than ever, it is important to recognize that learning is a lifelong experience. Rapid, radical changes in contemporary society demand well planned, continuing efforts to assimilate new data, new insights, new modes of thinking and acting." (To Teach as Jesus Did, 1972, #43)
The educational efforts of the Church must therefore be directed to forming persons-in-community; for the education of the individual Christian is important not only to his [or her] solitary destiny but also to the destinies of the many communities in which he [or she] lives. (TJD, no. 13)
Education, the bishops assert, must move people to build community in all areas of their lives.
With the precepts of To Teach as Jesus Did, has this image become the ideology of Jesus?