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TO BOLDLY GO…. EXPLORING THE CHALLENGE OF CATHOLIC EDUCATION. WHAT IS OUR MISSION?. …TO EXPLORE NEW WORLDS … TO ENCOUNTER NEW LIFE FORMS … TO BOLDLY GO WHERE NO ONE HAS GONE BEFORE the Magi and the “Enterprise”. The Gift of the Magi. We don’t know how many or who

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to boldly go

TO BOLDLY GO….

EXPLORING THE CHALLENGE OF CATHOLIC EDUCATION

what is our mission
WHAT IS OUR MISSION?
  • …TO EXPLORE NEW WORLDS
  • … TO ENCOUNTER NEW LIFE FORMS
  • … TO BOLDLY GO WHERE NO ONE HAS GONE BEFORE
  • the Magi and the “Enterprise”
the gift of the magi
The Gift of the Magi
  • We don’t know how many or who
  • They figured that Jesus wanted to be found
  • They kept at it
  • They trusted in their vision
  • They read the signs of the times
  • They showed up
  • They returned a different way
to explore new worlds
TO EXPLORE NEW WORLDS...
  • What is it like to live in the post-modern world?
  • How is this world different from the one in which we grew up?
  • What will we face in the future?
old church new church
Old:

Memorize catechism

No meat on Fri.

Never question

Value religious, priesthood

Pray, pay, obey

New:

Scripture, social teaching

Fast at your own discretion

Question, question, question

New roles for laity

Be discerning

Old Church/ New Church
the difficulty
We are supposed to:

Communicate

Lead instruction

Facilitate Faith

Create institutional climate

Achieve Catholicity

Bring vision, planning

Support everyone

We are judged on:

Avoiding conflict

Completing paperwork

Being popular w/parents

Getting volunteers

Doing good fundraising

Getting classes covered, lunches served.

The difficulty:
to encounter new life forms
TO ENCOUNTER NEW LIFE FORMS
  • Converting the baptized
  • Coping with the definition of “family”
  • Coping with generation “why”
  • Meeting new needs for Church
beliefs of young catholics
Beliefs of Young Catholics
  • 91% believe that bread & wine become Body & Blood of Christ
  • 62% take seriously Papal pronouncements
  • 77% say they can be good Catholics and not attend church
  • 56% say they have no obligation to donate money to the Church
  • 7% don’t believe Jesus was the Son of God
  • 45% believe Catholicism is the same as other religions
  • 72% disagree on birth control; 65% believe in divorce & remarriage; 53% disagree with Church teaching on abortion.
what s on the minds of youth
What’s on the minds of youth?

56% school performance 22% my parents might divorce

53% looks 21% I may die soon

48% others like me 19% sexual abuse

47% one parent might die 18% trouble from friends

45% how I’m treated by friends

38% societal ills 15% parent’s drinking

36% violence at school 12% getting beat up at school

35% I might lose a friend 11% I might kill myself

35% drugs/alcohol

30% might not get a good job

26% body normality

25% US nuked

what are the challenges with kids
What are the challenges with kids?
  • Preparing students for the workplace;
  • Providing a range of services to children and families
  • Serving children w/o adult advocates
  • Teaching children w/special needs
what are our challenges with church
What are our challenges with Church?
  • Accountability
  • Disaffected adults
  • Disconnect with organized religion
  • Parish no longer a focal point
  • Training persons for leadership
to boldly go to face what
Life-long learning

Aging facilities

Staffing shortages

Decoupling from parishes

Teaching social justice

Market/entitlement mentality

Religious identity-as Catholics

Alienation from organized religion

Technology: alienation and anomie

New models

Disenchantment w/Church

To Boldly Go….To Face What?
how do we follow the message and example of jesus
Lack of resources

Lack of recognition

Lack of involvement

Lack of support

“Teach them always”

“Don’t worry about…”

“I send you out as lambs among wolves”

“They will flog you in their synagogues”

How do we follow the message and example of Jesus?

“Behold I am with you always, even to the end of the world.”

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To boldly go….
  • We cannot stand still
  • We need to ask ourselves:
    • Who will go?
    • How will we go?
    • Where are we going?
    • How will we know we got there?
    • How will we know it’s place we’re supposed to be?
as leaders we need to ask
As leaders, we need to ask:
  • How will we re-capture the day we said “yes”?
  • What does the Church need now?
  • What kind of people does the Church need?
  • How will we recognize the future?
  • How will we not get discouraged?
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When will we have the time to make the long, slow

journey across the burning desert as did the Magi?

Or sit and watch the stars as did the shepherds?

Or brood over the coming of the child as did Mary?

For each of us

There is a desert to travel

A star to discover

And being within ourselves to bring to life.

(Raymond Hunthausen)

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We will need courage

We will need energy

We will need vision

We will need to be at ease with ourselves and our decisions.

Above all, like the psalmist

We will need to “keep our eyes fixed on the Lord, our God”

Until God lets us rest

And then we will know

As we have always known

That the effort was worth

The gift of our lives

The best of our years

The length of our days