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Articles from Vol. 43, No. 4, November/December

Advice to Writers, Speakers and the New Evangelization
It might be that the very best way to evangelize is to tell your own story about what your faith means to youEver dreamed of writing the great American novel? A collection of short stories? Maybe not, but you do have a need to write convincing letters...
Animator of Faith: Passionate Prophet of the Conciliar Church
The late Cardinal Carlos Martini continues to speak to us today through his prophetic pastoral letters that call for a spirituality of contemplative actionSister Angela Ann will be a keynote speaker on April 3 at NCEA 2013.I first encountered Cardinal...
Appreciating the Gift of the Second Vatican Council
Conciliar documents are not radical departures from the great tradition of the church, but authentic, refreshing, enlivening expressions of the faithWhile serving as a fighter pilot in WWII, my father had the privilege of being in an audience with Pope...
Catholic Colleges and Universities Allow Students to Turn Ordinary Opportunities into Extraordinary Futures
Catholic institutions educate to bring about not only knowledge, but also wisdomKyle Pero may have been your typical undergraduate while at the College of Saint Rose in Albany, New York. A double major in history and political science, Pero was a member...
Catholic Schools Receive 2012 Blue Ribbon Recognition
Catholic elementary and secondary schools are among the 269 school identified by the U.S. Department of Education as National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2012. Fifty private schools are among the awardees this year and 44 of those are Catholic schools.Blue...
Class Project Breathes Life into the Beatitudes
Film project highlights community services that exemplify the BeatitudesFor most children, a hands-on science or history lesson sticks much better than hours spent reading textbooks or listening to lectures.And when it comes to religious education, Bay...
Discretion Could Be the Better Part of Valor
Private schools feel inequities in education legislationWhen Congress enacts legislation, such as the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), the statute authorizes a program and provides broad parameters that grant authority for its implementation. When enacted,...
Do Theological Controversies Belong in the High School Classroom?
They do at Nolan Catholic High where each class is a practice in the arts of primary text interpretation, rational discussion and inferring logical conclusionsmany Catholic catechetical publishing companies are beginning to market Great Catholic Ideastype...
Equipping Students to Live Life Wisely
Program challenges students to use logic, intellectual consistency and universal principles to support their thoughts and ideasI teach at Eastside Catholic School in Sammamish, Washington, where we recently served as a pilot school for a new curriculum-...
EvangeliZing: It Don't Mean a Thing If It Ain't Got That Zing
The first step to the New Evangelization is that we allow ourselves to be evangelized.We are an Easter people and Alleluia is our song. Yes, I know this article is being published in the fall, but it is written in the middle of the Easter season. Truly,...
Giving the Gift of Life through Organ and Tissue Donation
Catholic high school student's organ donation turns into a beacon of hope for othersDavid and Susan Capíes of Amelia Island, Florida, received the call that no parentno person- ever wants to get. It's the one that starts with, "There's been an accident,"...
Houston Issues a "Howdy Y'all" to NCEA 2013
The tourist literature says visitors will hear "Howdy y'all" in any part of Texas because Texans are friendly. The word Texas itself comes from a Native American word, "tejas," which means "friend."So NCEA members, friends and colleagues can expect a...
Invitational Transformation: The Stories of Two Catholic University Graduates
Two college graduates lived Catholic values while they were undergraduates and today continue to be personally transformed, leading others effectively and serving those around themAs a staff member at Rockhurst University, a Catholic and Jesuit university...
NCEA Award Honors Philanthropy, Leadership and Service to Catholic Education
NCEA St. Elizabeth Ann Seto ? Awards and President's Award presented during October dinnerThe NCEA St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Award was presented to five outstanding supporters of Catholic education during the 22nd annual Seton Awards ceremony Monday, Oct....
New Evangelization Is Not Really So "New" at Seton Hall University
University programs demonstrate a commitment to help Catholics both witness to and articulate their faithWe have heard much about the New Evangelization recently, especially in October when the Synod of Bishops took place in Rome to discuss the "transmission...
Noted Authors to Highlight the Catholic Library Association Events at NCEA 2013 Convention and Exposition
The Catholic Library Association (CLA) will present three awards when the organization meets in Houston in April in conjunction with NCEA 2013.Kevin Henkes will receive the Regina Medal for his continued, distinguished contribution to children's literature....
Redemptorist Essay Contest for Middle and High Schools
www.redemptorists.net.The St. John Neumann Essay Contest sponsored by the Redemptorists of the Baltimore Province is open to students enrolled in grades 6 to 12 in Catholic elementary or high schools in the United States or its territories. There are...
Rural Michigan Catholic Schools Take WINGS
Diocese of Grand Rapids adopts new model for small schools to survive and thriveIn July 2010, the first month of his new position as superintendent of Catholic Schools for the Diocese of Grand Rapids, Michigan, David Faber was charged with merging three...
Saint Joseph High School Launches BYOD. No, It's Not What You May Think!
Inspired by their teachers, students wanted to have quick individual access to technology and asked to bring their laptops, iPads and Kindles to schoolTeenagers love their electronic devices and now there is reason to love them even more. Saint Joseph...
Sports Activities Help Autistic Students Develop Skills
While collaborative sports may confuse students on the autistic spectrum, individualized activities help develop skills and confidenceThough I am not the most athletic person, sports always have offered me entertainment, great extra-curricular opportunities...
Sports and Spirituality: Fertile Ground for New Evangelization
An effective place to invite every Catholic to renew a relationship with Jesus Christ might be on the track or trail, on the hardwood or in the bleachersWalk into Sports and Spirituality, the senior religious studies course at St. Ignatius College Preparatory...
Strategic Plan Helps School Shift from Reactive to Proactive
St James Catholic School offers its survival guide to strategic planning"We're having a meeting with some consultants from the NCEA," Father Patrick Posey, pastor of St. James Church announced to me one humid August morning. "Sister Nancy and I were...
THE RCIA AS A MODEL for Catholic High School Catechesis
Catholic high schools should serve not only as institutions that provide academic instruction, but also as vehicles for continuing the conversion process of those who have been initiated in the faithSpeaking of his conversion, Tertullian, the secondcentury...
Why Religious Education Assessment Is Important in the New Evangelization and the Year of Faith
An explanation of religious assessment and its benefitsThe ability to articulate our faith and put it into practice are key components of the New Evangelization, the church's effort to "repropose" the Gospel to the world. The Year of Faith (October 11,...