School of Love and Service: A Prayer for the Preservation of Catholic Schools
Oh star of Christ, streaming from the heavens, pour out your light,
Igniting love, enflaming unity, raising and rising us above our differences, delighting to bring us together, healing our hurts –
Shine out in silence, speak a word to be heard in the deepest recesses Of our hearts, calling us to celebrate your many gifts, give us the joy of welcoming you: educating us to love-in-truth: the truth-in-love!
Oh Joseph and Mary, you are deeply intertwined in the roots
Of your people, immersed in the sacred ground of the history
Of salvation which, intensely present in the religious rites
Of the people of God, feed the very life of the child Jesus,
Born of the Virgin Mary and foster fathered by Joseph.
You taught him to pray, to read and to listen to the word of God,
Sharing with the child the great events and places of salvation history, Helping Him to find the unfolding of who He is in the Writings, Forming Him through your welcome of others into family life and The overflow of good works which poured out from within you.
Holy Family of Nazareth, school and cultural ground of the Lord,
Help us to begin anew the nourishing of the life of faith in the family,
Both within your people and beyond to the shores of the earth, in the School, the university and the widespread social influences so present
And a part of the times in which we live, from beginning to end.
Oh Lord our God, forgive our abandonment of your life,
The destruction of lives, the hidden corruption of the heart
That spilled into despoiling the vulnerable years of others.
Open again the treasures of your love and let your mercy
Pour through the wounds of our times and refresh, beautify,
Made richly splendid in the transfiguration of your Church.
Oh Holy Family, come amidst the families of our time, raising up
Vocations, training centres, growing out of the transmission of work,
Like Mary and Joseph opened up for you and those around you, Burgeoning into all the professions, walks and ways of life, arising,
Springing out in full vigour from the mysterious fullness of God.
Oh great Shepherd and Teacher of all, renew in song, singing as you Did the psalms and promises of the great events of your appearing And passing among us, guide, inspire, rebuild the multifaceted works Of education and training, bringing fresh faces and graces to walk Upon the difficulties of today, colourfully answering our questions.
Oh silence of God, speak to us, exhausted as we are with images, activity, and words flooding the earth, that we might hear your still Small voice and fuel, time and again, the great and greater needs of The peoples of the earth, falling behind and beneath the oppressively Impossible burdens of almost no wages, food, water or support.
So let the genius of schools, the generosity of your gifts, the gathering Of your community, be like a dynamo, driving a multiplicity of Talents into tools, whether to work in the home, in training or in the discoveries and inventions still to be made, sending out servants of The poor to resource and progress what teaches us to turn to you.
by Francis Etheredge Profiles in Catholicism
A Prayer for Beirut Catholic School
Beirut Catholic Schools are in a crisis, we need your assistance in helping all who are concerned about the schools to find the best way to serve you. Help the students and faculty to keep you on their mind as their school gets rebuilt. Help all who will construct the schools to realize that the next generation is being served by this construction. We ask you this in the name of the Father, Your Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen
by Eileen Quinn Knight, Ph.D. Profiles in Catholicism
Catholic School Articles/Commentaries
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Stronger moral leadership needed at University of Notre Dame by Susan Ciancio The Catholic World Report
New Hampshire Catholic school grapples with racist incident by John Lavenburg Crux
Where Are the Catholic Schools in a Synodal Church? by Fr. Peter M. J. Stravinskas The Catholic Thing
Catholic schools are booming — new EWTN poll sheds light on possible reasons by Jonah McKeown and Zelda Caldwell Catholic News Agency/The Catholic World Report
Catholic schools should be teaching critical race theory by Kevin P. Considine U.S. Catholic
30 rounds fired in California school shooting that injured 2 students and 4 staffers, police say by Antonio Planas and Tim Stelloh NBC News
High levels of 'forever chemicals' in children's school uniforms, study finds by Brian Roewe EarthBeat
Los Angeles Catholic school thrives in an area marked by gang violence by Jonah McKeown Catholic News Agency/Te Catholic World Report
Catholic schools should be teaching critical race theory by Kevin P. Considine U .S. Catholic
Philippines: Over 700 Catholic schools shuttered after pandemic by Devin Watkins Vatican News
What makes a school Catholic? Part 3 of 3 by Peter M.J. Stravinskas The Catholic World Report
New Vatican Instruction: Identity of Catholic Schools to be Respected by Teachers, Students by Hannah Brockhaus Catholic News Agency/National Catholic Reporter
Dispute Over ‘BLM’ and ‘Pride’ Flags at Mass. Jesuit School Highlights Need to Communicate Catholic Identity by Matthew McDonald National Catholic Register
New Vatican instruction: Identity of Catholic schools to be respected by teachers, students by Hannah Brockhaus Catholic News Agency
In the Work for Racial Justice on Catholic Campuses, Leadership Matters by Donna M. Carroll Interfaith Youth Core. Interfaith America
Five ways Hispanic educators are breathing new life in Catholic schools by Hosffman Ospino and Melodie Wyttenbac National Catholic Reporter
New RE programme launched for Catholic schools by Ruadhán Jones Irish Catholic News
Hindu nationalists attack Catholic school in India by Nirmala Carvalho Crux
Pope: Catholic universities showcase bond between faith and science by Devin Watkins Vatican News
Guernsey scraps proposal for discrimination law that could have led to Catholic schools' closure by Christine Rousselle Catholic News Agency
Catholic school kids harvest hope in a South LA ‘food desert’ by Dana Bartholomew Angelus
Students at Catholic high school in San Francisco stage walkout protest of pro-life assembly by National Catholic Register
How Catholic colleges can address the epidemic of sexual violence on campuses by Annie Selak National Catholic Reporter
World’s Largest Publicly-Funded Catholic School System Set to Fly Pride Flags This June by National Catholic Register
The Spirit is at work in our schools by Michael Reardon The Pilot
With Collier Chats, I see our school through others' eyes by Maddie Thompson Global Sisters Report
A deeper look at Catholic schools' pandemic enrollment plunge by Alexander Thompson National Catholic Reporter
Philippine police storm Catholic school to arrest students. Church, rights groups condemn a raid that police claim was a rescue bid to save indigenous children from terrorism by Joseph Peter Calleja UCA News
Rising sea levels put many Catholic schools at risk of flooding by CathNews New Zealand
Chicago archdiocesan schools see ‘virtually no’ COVID-19 transmission by Catholic News Service/Crux
Saving Catholic Schools by David G Bonagura, Jr. The Catholic Thing
Deep cuts at Catholic colleges draw backlash by Alexander Thompson National Catholic Reporter
Toronto cardinal rebukes Catholic school board members for barring Catechism reading by Catholic News Agency
What Is the Future of Parochial Schools? by Peter Jesserer Smith National Catholic Register
Catholic schools and America’s future by Archbishop José H. Gomez Angelus
What Is a Labradoodle Doing in This Catholic School Yearbook? by Amy Smith National Catholic Register
Catholic schools are at risk and so are the students by Maureen Ferguson The Hill
Catholic School Athletics Must Be Truthful by Patrick Reilly National Catholic Register
Boston Globe Calls for Discrimination against Catholic School Students by Joe Doyle Catholicism.org
New Agreement on Catholic Schools Allows ‘Students to Have Access to the Very Best’ by Christopher White The Tablet
Archdiocese, Big Shoulders invest more than $90 million in schools by Michelle Martin Chicago Catholic
What Is the Future of Parochial Schools? by Peter Jesserer Smith National Catholic Register
Expert reveals ‘secret sauce’ of Catholic schools: Equality of every child before God by Christopher White Angelus /Crux
In images: Catholic college students trade a dorm for a 14th-century monastery by Carissa Pluta Aleteia
The Battle Over Teaching Chicago’s Schools About Police Torture and Reparations by Peter C. Baker Longreads and The Point
Catholic school burned to the ground in India by Nirmala Carvalho Crux
Some 200 Hindu radicals beat nuns, devastate Catholic school in Tamil Nadu by the Diocese of Lancaster England
Cameroon: Kidnapping at Catholic school in Kumbo by Lawrence Fullick Independent Catholic News
Church in Fiji threatens to close all Catholic schools by Catholic News Agency
Catholic School Advantage by Alliance for Catholic Education
What We Hold in Trust: Rediscovering the Purpose of Catholic Higher Education by Don J. Briel, Kenneth E. Goodpaster and Michael J Naughton, forward by Dennis Holtschneider, CM Reviewed by Eileen Quinn Knight, Ph.D. Profiles in Catholicism
Soul Survivors: Historic Catholic High Schools in Chicago by Peter N. Pero Reviewed by Gordon Nary
Catholic Parochial Education from Colonial Times to the Present by Timothy Walch-Fye Reviewed By Barb Arland Chicago Catholic
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