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Distinctive Qualities

“From the first moment that a student sets foot in a Catholic school, he or she ought to have the impression of entering a new environment, one illumined by the light of faith, and having its own unique characteristics.” (The Religious Dimension of Education in a Catholic School, 1988, #25)

“In this setting [the Catholic school], the pupil experiences his [or her] dignity as a person before he [or she] knows its definition.” (The Catholic School, 1977, #55)

“It is…widely recognized that Catholic schools are to be communities of faith in which the Christian message, the experience of community, worship, and social concern are integrated in the total experience of students, their parents, and members of the faculty.” (Sharing the Light of Faith, 1979, #9)

“Perhaps we have paid too much attention to the content of teaching without realizing that the teaching relationship is the most important factor in the ministry of teaching.” (Henri Nouwen, Creative Ministry, 1971, p.5)

“Today, perhaps more than ever before, it is important to recognize that learning is a lifelong experience. Rapid, radical changes in contemporary society demand well planned, continuing efforts to assimilate new data, new insights, new modes of thinking and acting.” (To Teach as Jesus Did, 1972, #43)

“The school must begin from the principle that its educational program is intentionally directed to the growth of the whole person…since in Christ…all human values find their fulfillment and unity. Herein lies the specifically Catholic character of the school.” (The Catholic School, 1977, #29)

“The teacher under discussion here is not simply a professional person who systematically transmits a body of knowledge in the context of a school; ‘teacher’ is to be understood as ‘educator’ – one who helps to form human persons.” (Lay Catholics in Schools: Witnesses to Faith, 1982, #16)

“The religious dimension of the school climate is expressed through the celebration of Christian values in Word and Sacrament, in individual behavior, in friendly and harmonious interpersonal relationships, and in ready availability.” (The Religious Dimension of Education in a Catholic School, 1988, #26)

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