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Goal 1: Catechesis/Academic Excellence

The following are Archbishop Robert J. Carlson’s priorities for Goal 1: Catechesis/Academic Development

Priority 1

Strengthen Catholic identity by:

a.    Facilitating collaboration among all parish, Archdiocesan and private Catholic schools to emphasize Catholic identity and the proven value of Catholic schools as instruments of evangelization and social justice.

b.   Ensuring that each Catholic elementary school observes the following: 1) Begin each day with prayer for the entire school and reading the life of the saint of the day or the prayer for daily Mass, 2) Pray the Rosary during October and May and Stations of the Cross once a week during Lent, weekly Mass by class or for the entire school as a minimum, 3) Provide service projects (e.g., St. Vincent de Paul) for each class level as appropriate, 4) Ensure that every teacher has read the Catechism of the Catholic Church, 5) Require classes in Apologetics for 8th graders (and for seniors in Archdiocesan high schools), 6) Provide Mission Clubs and yearly Vocation Week programs, 7) Train each principal in her/his role as faith leader, and 9) Use only those text books approved by the USCCB or the Archdiocesan Catholic Education Office.

Accountable Agencies
Catholic Education Center (lead)
Office of Pastoral Planning

Timeline
Begin: 2012            End: 2018

The theme of Priority One is to ensure the Catholic Identity of our Catholic elementary schools. This priority has been addressed in the following ways:

Catholic Identity

  • The Catholic Identity Assessment was developed…August, 2012
  • The Catholic Identity Assessment was completed by each school…November, 2013
  • Report of the findings of the Catholic Identity Assessment was given to the Archbishop and to the Board of Catholic Education…January, 2014
  • Catholic Identity Assessment Follow-up to various schools…February to May, 2014 
  • Indicators for the Principal as Spiritual Leader of the Catholic School Document was developed…March, 2013
  • The Principal as Spiritual Leader of the Catholic School Assessment was developed…March, 2013

 Apologetics

  • Appropriate apologetic questions were developed specifically for eighth grade students and other questions for each of the four high school years that corresponded to the mandated high school curriculum…January, 2013
  • A workshop on Apologetics for elementary teachers was held on February 12, 2013
  • A workshop on Apologetics for high school teachers was held on February 26, 2013
  • Father Robert Spitzer offered to workshops on Science and Religion…August 8, 2013
  • Mr. Dan Mulhall presented a workshop on the importance of an apologetic approach in teaching religion to educational and religious leaders…November 7, 2014 

The following are future plans for addressing this priority:

  • The document, An Evangelizing Catholic School, will be updated and distributed…2014
  • The Principal as Spiritual Leader of the Catholic School Assessment will be distributed to all elementary principals…September, 2014
  • Return of completed Principal as Spiritual Leader of the Catholic School Assessment…June, 2015
  • Report to the Archbishop and the Board of Catholic Education of the findings of the Principal as Spiritual Leader of the Catholic School Assessment…September, 2015
  • The Catholic Identity Assessment will again be distributed…September, 2014
  • Return of completed Catholic Identity Assessment…June, 2015
  • Report to the Archbishop and the Board of Catholic Education of the findings of the  Catholic Identity Assessment…September, 2015