Consecrated Persons & Their Mission in Schools: January 8, 2018
Sacred Congregation for Education, 2002
Link to the document “Consecrated Persons & Their Mission in Schools”
Jack Peterson, the founder of Managing for Mission and a former president of Bellarmine Preparatory School in Tacoma, joins the podcast to discuss the impact of consecrated persons in our schools and the Vatican’s teachings on vocation.
STUDY GUIDE & DISCUSSION QUESTIONS
Consecrated Persons and Their Mission in Schools (Vatican, 2002)
- Reading Questions:
- 6: Why have many religious communities abandoned their work in schools?
- 6: What is meant by rediscovering charism?
- 10: Explain the value of community life and how consecrated persons demonstrate?
- 17: Do the Bishops favor one type of vocation over another?
- 19: How does a school form students?
- 20: What is the value of the witness provided by consecrated persons?
- 26: How does the presence of consecrated religious counteract materialism?
- 30: What is the link between Catholic schools and evangelization?
- 35: Explain the two parts of human development relevant to education and formation.
- 51: How do the Bishops describe Catholic identity?
- 55: How do they describe a vocation?
- 56: What is a culture of vocations?
- 59: What is the role of consecrated persons promoting teacher formation?
- 62: How should consecrated persons “accompany” the laity?
- 78: What is the “main road to peace”?
- Discussion Questions:
- 6: What is the charism of your founding religious community?
- 19: How does formation and “deformation” impact our students’ development?
- 43: Our Catholic schools are not designed to be fortresses apart from society, rather “oases” or “microcosms” of community. Does this paradigm fit your school community?
- Do we have a “preferential option for the poor” in our schools? In how we choose our students? In how we assign our teachers?
- Reflection Questions:
- Many times religious communities are credited with simply providing free labor. How do the Bishops describe their value to our schools?
- Does your school serve the poor? Is there an impulse for evangelization?
- Does your school promote a culture of vocations? How?
- List 3-4 quotes that you could pull out from this document to use in your own communication.