Back to School

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. 

9 responses

  1. Godspeed Leon. We will miss your frequent posts. But one’s loss is anothers gain. May it multiply. My prayers for you.
    God bless.
    - Willy

  2. Dear Leon,
    Ruth and I, and I am sure the entire Staff at the CUF office wish you every blessing in your new post. The training of lay teachers in the Faith is one of the most important tasks of the Church today, and your talents, we know, will be put to good use since you have proved to be one of the most knowledgeable and articulate laymen of our day.
    In Christ,
    James Likoudis
    president emeritus, CUF

  3. Dear Leon,

    I’ve been out of town for a few days. Thank you for your service and for being open to God’s will for your life. I’m sure He will use you to touch many other lives in this new capacity. Your wisdom and charitable nature are great examples for all of us.

    I hope to be able to still bounce things off of you once in a while as I see you as a bit of a mentor.

    Who will be blogging on the site after your departure?

    God Bless,

  4. Jim, thank you so much for this very kind message. It’s especially touching coming from you because I have looked up to you every since I got involved with CUF in the early 90s.

    Likewise, Sam, I’m very appreciative of your comments. You are welcome to contact me anytime, and I just sent you my new contact information. Anyone else who’d like to get in touch with me may obtain my new contact info from the CUF office.

    I hope to blog here every so often. I think for the time being it will be done by “committee,” with much of the load being carried by my friend and colleague Eric Stoutz, who has a wealth of knowledge and wisdom given his many years of service in CUF’s Catholic Responses department.

  5. Dear Leon,
    Praised be Jesus and Our Lady.
    Congratulations on your new job. God bless you.
    I am sure your knowledge of the faith and experience over the years will be useful at your new posting.I hope you still keep writing and posting messages on the CUF blog.I shall look forward to reading them ,inspite of our ‘difficilties’ on some issues.
    In Christ

  6. Leon:

    Thank you for the many great posts that challenged us to dig for a deeper relationship with Jesus through His body, the Church. You have profoundly enriched my faith and have always been generous with your time in answering my specific questions. For that I will be forever grateful. And your prayers for the Archdiocese of Louisville are being answered!

    My prayers that you are able to touch many more lives in this new calling.

    With sincere gratitude,
    Tom Goodin

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