Forming Catholic School Administrators as Leaders in the New Evangelization/ Part 1
In a 4 part series, the topic of the role of Catholic school principal will be explored in light of Pope Francis’ call for missionary discipleship: Pt. 1 - Forming Catholic school principals – five major concepts, Pt. 2 - The Role of Catholic school principal, Pt. 3 - Spiritual and pastoral leadership for the new evangelization, Pt. 4 - Practical applications. These abbreviated summary articles will highlight those issues explored by, David Spesia, “Forming Catholic School Principals as Leaders of the New Evangelization”, Journal of Catholic Education, Vol.20 No. 1, October 2006: pgs. 144-265.
Part 1: Consistently throughout Evangelii Gaudium 2013, Pope Francis introduces the concept of missionary discipleship. In this Apostolic Exhortation we are challenged to grow as followers of Christ; and perhaps more significantly to embrace the reality of being chosen specially for this mission. Our challenge is to hold dear His call and reach all those in need of experiencing the joy of the gospel message.
In order to achieve this, we must accept the responsibility of leadership, understand that the new evangelization encompasses those who are unchurched, provide ongoing faith formation for faculties, seek professional development for personal growth, and understand the six tasks of catechesis – Knowledge of Faith, Liturgical Education, Moral Formation; Learning to Pray; Education for Community Life; and Missionary Discipleship/Service.
Next month I will explore Pt. 2 - The Role of the Catholic school principal. If you have comments please share them Maria.Maynard@aohct.org.