Montana Catholic Schools Weekly
November 2, 2014
Living Our Mission
In the process of giving back to the Church they learn about themselves. Some are heading to medical school next year, others are discerning a vocation to the priesthood, and still others are figuring out their uncertain futures. And some stay to continue teaching. Our Indian schools are filled with former volunteers who are committed to the mission of serving this underserved population.
We benefit from the excellent service of these 18 volunteers. These volunteers might provide interesting fodder for a "pen pal" program for one of your classes. Or they might be a target for one for one of your classes to send "thank you" notes.
The Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest has been committed to Catholic Schools in Montana for many, many years. This year, they supply 14 volunteers at 4 different locations all of which were once Jesuit outposts. (www.jvcnorthwest.org)
The Lasallian Volunteers have been serving at De La Salle Blackfeet school in Browning for a few years. The volunteers have been working with the De La Salle brothers establishing the great school there. This year, they have two volunteers. (www.lasallianvolunteers.org)
The Capuchin Corps is relatively new to Montana. Working alongside the Capuchin (Franciscan) friars on the Crow and Northern Cheyenne reservations, the Cap Corps has plans to find at least 5 volunteers for St. Labre Indian School. They currently have 2 volunteers. (www.capcorps.org)
These are amazing programs. Do you know any college students who might be interested?
Dr. Tim Uhl
The Week Ahead
Tuesday: St. Matt's (Kalispell)
Wednesday: De La Salle (Browning)
Thursday: St. Paul's (Hay's, MT)
Friday: office (Helena) & football game (TBA)
This week: 1008 miles
Last week: 2812 miles
This year: 11,804 miles
Catholic School Developments
In Chicago, they are closing a few schools:
In New Orleans, they are also closing a few schools:
However, in Camden, they have hope:
A reminder of our obligations:
Great Falls Update
While the first meeting is designed for the 15 participants, the subject matter will not be secret. The minutes will be published and every member will be asked to bring back information to their communities.
There is no conspiracy; there is no agenda. Bishop Warfel has asked for the schools to study themselves to see if there are ways to work together in the face of enrollment and financial challenges. My hope is we can see cooperation as the model (instead of competition) and that we can come up with solutions that will allow us to serve the most students possible.