Faith As Church

What is the Church really all about?

C4: Ignite Your Catholic Faith - Why Do I Need Church?

Where two or three are gathered...

How do we experience "Church" everyday:1) In our schools2) In our families3) in our worldWhat is significant about these experiences?What do we learn about:i) Godii) ChurchRead Avery Dulles`, Models Of The Church.Which model of the Church resonates most with your experience of Church and your spirituality or experience of faith?

What We Stand For: The Belief...The Creed


We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father [and the Son],
who with the Father and the Son is worshiped and glorified,
who has spoken through the prophets.
We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.
We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
We look for the resurrection of the dead,
and the life of the world to come. Amen.

C4: Ignite Your Catholic Faith - What is a Creed?
C4: Ignite Your Catholic Faith - What are the Marks of the Church?

Liberal and Conservatives

Read the article "Liberals and Conservatives-We Need Both"

In groups discuss the insights of this article

What does our Catholic faith tradition have to offer society and the world?

Read Richard Rohr' and Joseph Martos' article "Eight Good Reasons For Being Catholic"

Create a group of three. Each group will be assigned one of the eight reasons.

In your groups, reflect on what evidence you could put forward to support those reasons for being Catholic.

When Faith Meets Pedagogy Message from Jean Vanier

Educating The Soul

Take some time to read the article, "Educating the Soul".

What struck you about the article?

What is the most daunting task facing teachers in the task of nurturing student faith development?

Mission: Accomplished?

In groups of 4, create a mission statement that reflects what it TRULY means to be a Catholic educator. Think about the reality of what you do, who you are, and what you stand for...EVERYDAY!

Jean Vanier - A message to the When Faith Meets Pedagogy Conference 2013