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Much to celebrate during Catholic Schools Week

Much to celebrate during Catholic Schools Week

| February 3, 2011

Catholic Schools Week 2011 began on Jan. 30 and will run through Feb. 6.  This annual celebration is scheduled to include the feast of St. John Bosco (Jan. 31) who, in the mid-19th century, responded to the plight of homeless and abandoned children living in Turin, Italy, by founding orphanages and schools to care for […]

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Four reasons our Catholic schools matter

Four reasons our Catholic schools matter

| February 2, 2011 | 1 Comment

According to a Catholic school principal, restructuring of parishes and schools in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis has forced an important evaluation: Why do Catholic Schools matter?

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Catholic schools by the numbers

Catholic schools by the numbers

| February 2, 2011 | 0 Comments

The following information from the National Catholic Educational Association about Catholic schools is online at www.ncea.org, where full reports may be purchased.

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Catholic Schools Commission begins work to strengthen local education

Catholic Schools Commission begins work to strengthen local education

| February 2, 2011 | 0 Comments

A Catholic Schools Commission named by Archbishop John Nien­stedt has been charged with bringing a set of recommendations to him by June to help ensure the strength and sustainability of Cath­olic elementary schools through­out the archdiocese.

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Three Catholic schools to close, 8 under urgent review to remain open

Three Catholic schools to close, 8 under urgent review to remain open

| January 14, 2011 | 0 Comments

Three Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis — St. Joseph in Red Wing, St. Mathias in Hampton and San Miguel Middle School in Minneapolis — will close at the end of the current school year because they lack long-term sustainability.

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Catholic schools seek sustainability solutions

Catholic schools seek sustainability solutions

| November 17, 2010 | 0 Comments

In the past six years, Pope John Paul II Catholic School in northeast Minneapolis has made a tremendous turn-around.

It faced near-closure in 2004, but today it runs its budget in the black (thanks, in part, to a pastor with a business degree), serves as a model for multi-age classrooms and has made a commitment to strong Catholic identity initiatives, for which it earned a national award in April.

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Strategic plan identifies four marks of viable Catholic schools

Strategic plan identifies four marks of viable Catholic schools

| October 16, 2010

Viable Catholic schools are an essential element for fulfilling the mission of the Church in this Archdiocese. Catholic schools assist parents, as primary educators, in handing on the faith to the next generation.

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Murray Institute producing high-quality educators for archdiocese

Murray Institute producing high-quality educators for archdiocese

| December 8, 2009 | 0 Comments

Sue Kerr, principal of Blessed Trinity Catholic School in Richfield, is a graduate of the Murray Institute, a collaboration between the University of St. Thomas and the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis that provides advanced professional training and faith formation for teachers and educational leaders of the archdiocese.

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Catholicism in the classroom

Catholicism in the classroom

| December 6, 2009 | 0 Comments

Melissa Livermore, a math teacher at Holy Family in Victoria, integrates Catholic social teaching on a daily basis through word problems and activities. “The projects I have developed take real data from a social issue and culminate the skills used throughout the quarter,” she said.

In Livermore’s first project at Holy Family, geometry students created graphs on U.S. and world hunger. The graphs were hung around the school during a food drive. Recently, her calculus students addressed the spread of malaria around the world.

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One student’s perspective

One student’s perspective

| December 6, 2009 | 0 Comments

Though the family is not Catholic, sending the children to Catholic school is a priority. Mai Te and her siblings all currently attend Catholic schools. She went to Risen Christ School in Minneapolis from first through eighth grade, as all of her siblings either have done or are doing.

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One parent’s perspective

One parent’s perspective

| December 6, 2009 | 0 Comments
Bethune Williams’ daughter, Nina Putmon, 10, is in fifth grade at Risen Christ Catholic School in Minneapolis. Williams, who is Baptist, explains why she chose to send her daughter to a Catholic school:

I chose to send her to Risen Christ because I heard good things about the school and the teachers.

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The big questions

The big questions

| December 6, 2009 | 0 Comments

So what makes Catholic higher education Catholic?

Catholic Spirit reporter Maria Wiering sat down with Mark Dienhart, executive vice president and chief operating officer at the University of St. Thomas, and Brian Bruess, vice president for enrollment management and dean of student affairs at St. Catherine’s University, to ask them about the roles of their Catholic universities.

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