Momentum

Articles from Vol. 39, No. 3, September/October

Catholic Educators Lose Bright Star
Tim Russert credited personal and professional success to his Catholic school educationThe last time Tim Russert spoke at the convention of the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA), the meeting theme was "Catholic Education: Broad Stripes...
Christianity, Judaism and Islam Go on a Road Trip in Metro Atlanta
Three suitcases tell the stories of three, Georgia schoolsPeace be with you, Shalom, Assalamu Alaikum.One God, three religions, three suitcases.The idea behind the project was simple. Pack a suitcase with items related to your history, faith and culture....
Creating a School That Is Catholic in All That It Does
How to integrate Catholic social teachings throughout the curriculumSince leaving the principal's office in 2006 and having the opportunity as a consultant to work with dozens of schools on planning for their future, I often hear principals express the...
Faithful Citizenship and Partisan Political Action
In their statement "Forming Con- sciences for Faithful Citizenship," the bishops of the United States declare, "In the Catholic tradition, responsible citizenship is a virtue and participation in political life is a moral obligation." While the document...
Faithful Citizenship: Forming Minds and Hearts at a Mid-South Parish
The courtroom was filled to capacity. As the proceedings got under way, I nervously fingered the folder into which my handwritten statement was pasted. After the swearing in, it was my turn to address the court and the people filling the room. I looked...
Faithful Citizenship Has Many Aspects
Check Them Out on the U.S. Bishops' Web SiteUS Conference of Catholic Bishops offers online resources for discussing citizenship during this election yearThe heightened political climate in place as the academic years begins raises many issues about...
Forward into Fall with Several Headquarters Staff Changes
Summer saw several transitions in the NCEA staff, with the departure of several senior members and the hiring, promotion or reassignment of several others.Several new positions were created as a result of a management study conducted in response to the...
Gospel Love, Cubed
The cube of love program is a successful way tp evangelize children...and the young at heart.She kept rolling the same result, over and over. For nine days in a row, a young student tossed the Cube of Love each morning, and the same kept coming up: "Love...
It's a Parent's First Eucharist as Well as a Child's
Sacramental preparation becomes a family affair"What do you mean you don't have first Communion classes?" This is a question we hear time and time again as we answer the queries of many parents at the beginning of our parish catechetical year. Usually...
Just Feeling Bad Is Not Good Enough
How an entire school community became engaged in the quest for social justice"Just feeling bad is not enough to get anything changed. "With these words, senior Gretchen D'Arcangelo summarized and encouraged Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin School's ongoing...
Magazine Article Sparks Bronx School's Outpouring of Concern and Care
Saint Catharine's Academy mobilizes around project for abused women in the CongoAn essay designed to begin a conversation about writing became the catalyst for a school-wide project focused to help the sexually abused and mutilated women in the Democratic...
Meet the Parents
Mutual expectations can improve the interplay between parents and the school"What we have here," states the warden in the movie "Cool Hand Luke," "is a simple failure to communicate," Perhaps that could be said of most of the difficult encounters that...
Miracle at St. Joseph's
Petersburg, Virginia, a community located 35 miles from Richmond, known for its antique shops and place in Civil War history, seems like an unlikely spot for a miracle. And yet, when the doors of St. Joseph opened for the new school year, there are many...
NCEA Family Members Reflect on Pope Benedict's Visit to the U.S
The papal entourage has long since departed from New York for Rome. Yet here in the U.S., fond memories remain among those who were able to see and listen to the pope in person. Here are reflections from several members of the NCEA family on their moments...
Participation
If you know the words and can sing along to the melodies of "If I Had a Hammer," "Where Have all the Flowers Gone" or "We Shall Overcome," you might remember something about '60s folk music. Or you know these songs are still around. But what it also...
Preparing for and Reflecting on Service Experiences
The content and value of postservice reflection will be related directly to the quality of pre-service preparation and reflectionAn increase in both the popularity and cost of service trips for young people brings with it a need for considering the importance...
Projects Teach Life Lessons of Social Justice
Court TV and television lawyers, along with a culture of consumerism, make it very difficult to impart the real meaning of Biblical justice. Biblical justice calls for sacrifice and working toward the common good. How can a 16-year-old with his own room,...
Resources for Now and Tomorrow
A NOTE ABOUT THE THEMEIn August, NCEA and the Department of Education of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops issued a joint letter concerning the document "Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship." Portions of the letter are reproduced...
Resources Ready to Use
Read for the Recordwww.readfortherecord.orgThe third annual "Read for the Record" will be held Oct. 2, to raise public awareness about the early education gap that exists for families with low income. According to the Carnegie Foundation, each year one-third...
Seeing Teaching as a Vocation
On Mary's Mountain, students follow in the footsteps of saints and heroesIn 2006, Dr. Thomas Powell, president of Mount St. Mary's University in Emmitsburg, Maryland, charged each academic department on campus to develop a project that would not only...
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Awards Recognize Philanthropy to Catholic Education
President's Award honors Bearing Witness ProgramAlabama archbishop, a Minnesota university president, a New Jersey philanthropic couple, an Arizona charitable trust and a Florida foundation will receive the 2008 National Catholic Educational Association...
St. Paul: A Contemporary Model for Dialogue
On June 28, 2008, Pope Benedict XVI lit a special "Pauline Flame," which is to burn throughout the jubilee year outside the Rome Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls. The Holy Father posed a challenging set of questions in his opening homily: "Thus,...
The Power of Oral History Storytelling
Rosary High School records and preserves the school's history for future generationsJust imagine if your school's walls could talk. I remember vividly the scene in "Dead Poets' Society" when Robbin Williams' character took a group of his students to...
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