By Leon Suprenant | August 29, 2008
I just wanted readers of this blog to know that as of next week, I will be working full-time for School of Faith.
School of Faith is a program of adult catechesis primarily designed to provide doctrinal and spiritual formation for Catholic school teachers and administrators in the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas. Its purpose is to lay the theological foundation upon which an authentic Catholic culture can be developed. It is comprehensive in its content, but always with the goal of explaining the faith in a simple and engaging way. School of Faith currently serves at nineteen archdiocesan schools, as well as several parishes and the St. Lawrence Center at the University of Kansas.
As stressed by the Church at the Second Vatican Council, Catholic schools have the task of leading young people to a deep encounter with Jesus Christ. This entails providing them an apprenticeship in Christian living as well as renewing Catholic culture through the development of the physical, intellectual, moral, social and especially spiritual capacities of the next generation.
The religious who graced Catholic schools in previous generations had an amazing depth and breadth of formation in the Catholic faith. Today, however, the vast majority of our teachers are lay people who were not given this same depth of religious training. If the primary mission of a Catholic school is to provide an authentically Catholic education, then equipping the teachers who have the responsibility to carry out this mission must be a priority. Teachers must be well formed in the Catholic faith and way of life themselves, as they cannot be expected to hand on what they do not possess.
Therefore, the mission of School of Faith is to provide ongoing doctrinal and spiritual formation for Catholic school teachers in the Archdiocese of Kansas City through catechetical programs that stress the call to prayer, virtue, and holiness of life. This formation not only benefits the teachers themselves, but also equips them to build a solid Catholic environment in our Catholic schools.
But that’s not all. We also make the School of Faith program at local parishes and soon will launch a series of Internet courses utilizing a new state-of-the-art platform that will be devoted to solidly Catholic evangelization and catechesis. You’ll be hearing more about this soon.
I will not be a stranger to the CUF Blog, but I will not be posting here as often as I have the past year. While I no longer work for Catholics United for the Faith, I am very grateful for the opportunity to serve the Church through this apostolate for the past 14 years, and I am proud to continue to be a member of CUF’s lay advisory council.
Above all, I am grateful for getting to know so many faithful bishops, priests, religious, and laity throughout my tenure with CUF. I thank God for that precious gift, and I ask your prayers for me and for the relatively new School of Faith apostolate.