Renewing our Commitment: January 15, 2018
Link to the document Renewing our Commitment to Catholic Elementary & Secondary Schools in the Third Millennium
Most Rev. Robert Lynch, retired Bishop of St. Petersburg and former USSCB general secretary
STUDY GUIDE & DISCUSSION QUESTIONS
Renewing our Commitment to Catholic Elementary & Secondary Schools in the Third Millennium (US Bishops, 2005)
- Reading Questions:
- Whose responsibility is the support of Catholic schools?
- What is the fourfold purpose of Catholic education?
- In 1999, Pope John Paul II pointed out the mission of Catholic schools. What was it?
- Since 1990, where has the loss of Catholic school enrollment occurred?
- What does the research say about the success of Catholic schools?
- What percent of our educators are lay people?
- The Bishops point to two areas essential for the ministry of education to grow. What are they?
- Discussion Questions:
- In 1990, the Bishops committed to four goals. How have they done?
- In the section entitled “The Face of the Church,” the Bishops point to two different realities–affluent and immigrants. Do you see those realities in your school?
- The Bishops call on the entire Catholic community to support Catholic schools. Is that part of your reality?
- Why is it important for government to ensure school choice?
- What are Blaine amendments? Is there one in your state?
- Has there been a strategic plan enacted?
- What do the bishops say about serving the poor?
- Reflection Questions:
- In the section entitled “the Good News,” the Bishops express gratitude for the work of Catholic school educators. Do you feel it?
- How effective are the 4 goals? Have they been started/accomplished?
- List 3-4 quotes that you could pull out from this document to use in your own communication.