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We all desire to be free and to truly live our lives as we are meant to live them. We can try to achieve this in different ways. We can see that the Scots tried to achieve political freedom through fighting a war against the English. Moses tells Israel to observe the Lord’s statutes and decrees “that [they] may live and may enter in and take possession of the land” that God gives them. But more than land and space to live, the first reading for Aug. 30 shows us that God and his law bring true freedom.
Bishop Andrew Cozzens, Catholic education vicar, and Jason Slattery, director, outline vision for new schools mission office
City Connects program aims to bridge achievement gap in seven urban Catholic schools
Schools share new leadership and initiatives, from multimillion-dollar buildings to yoga class
Three local principals describe what it’s taking to turn their schools around
Pope Francis has declared Sept. 1 the “World Day of Prayer for Creation” and has asked us in his encyclical, “Laudato Si’,” to develop an ecological spirituality. Why not take time that day to pray the rosary, but with the theme of creation as your focus? The repetitive nature of this prayer form makes recollection upon the various spiritual themes or “mysteries” relatively easy.
As we head back to school, there have been some exciting new developments for our Catholic schools. This summer the Archdiocese opened the new Office for the Mission of Catholic Education. We started by hiring an excellent Catholic educator, Jason Slattery, to lead this new office. In the past, our Office for Catholic Schools operated as a quasi-centralized school district with central services from technology to marketing. Now, the focus is more on our mission: to help our schools become evangelistic environments that form disciples. The OMCE will still provide many services, but other community partners have come forward to help us have the resources our schools need to thrive.
En este tiempo de regreso a la escuela, ha habido algunas novedades interesantes para nuestras escuelas católicas. Este verano la Arquidiócesis inauguró la nueva Oficina de la Misión de la Educación Católica. Comenzamos contratando a un excelente educador católico, Jason Slattery, para dirigir esta nueva oficina. En el pasado, nuestra oficina de escuelas católicas funcionaba como un distrito escolar centralizado con servicios centrales de tecnología y de mercadeo. Ahora, el enfoque está en nuestra misión: ayudar a nuestras escuelas a fomentar ambientes de evangelización para la formación de discípulos. El OMCE (por sus siglas en inglés) proporcionará todavía muchos servicios, pero otros socios de la comunidad han salido adelante para ayudarnos a tener los recursos de que nuestras escuelas necesitan para prosperar.
The Office for the Mission of Catholic Education launched in July under the leadership of Jason Slattery, former principal of Ave Maria Academy in Maple Grove. With his wife and three sons, he attends Sts. Peter and Paul in Loretto. Now working on a doctorate degree in leadership and interdisciplinary studies at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska, Slattery shared his vision with The Catholic Spirit for how the new office will serve Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis through its focus on forming mission-driven leaders and students in a competitive marketplace.
The codes of conduct are one of three elements of the archdiocese’s “Essential 3” requirements that all archdiocesan, parish and Catholic school employees, as well as all volunteers who interact with minors or vulnerable adults, must meet. Safe environment training and a background check also are required.
Almost every day Terry Adamson takes a Metro Mobility bus from her New Hope apartment to St. Joseph in West St. Paul. When she arrives, fellow parishioners are drawn to her joyful, loving presence.
Participants explore St. John Paul II’s ‘Letter to Families’ amid gay marriage issue, World Meeting of Families