“The church has always considered catechesis one of her primary tasks for before Christ ascended to his father after His resurrection, He gave the apostles a final command – to make disciples of all nations and to teach them to observe all that He had commanded. He thus entrusted them with the mission and the power to proclaim to humanity what they had heard, what they had seen with their eyes, what they had looked upon and touched with their hands, concerning the Word of Life. He also entrusted them with the mission and the power to explain with authority what He had taught them, His words and actions, His signs and commandments. And He gave them the spirit to fulfill this mission.” (Catechesi Tradendae, #1)


“The preparation and ongoing formation of new administrators and teachers is vital if our schools are to remain truly Catholic in all aspects of school life. Catholic school personnel should be grounded in a faith-based Catholic culture, have strong bonds to Christ and the Church, and be witnesses to the faith in both their words and actions. The formation of personnel will allow the Gospel message and living presence of Jesus to permeate the entire life of the school community and thus be faithful to the school’s evangelizing mission.” (Renewing Our Commitment to Catholic Elementary & Secondary Schools in the Third Millennium, USCCB, 2005, pp. 9-10)


“Teachers realize that their first responsibility is to be attentive to their own relationship with Jesus Christ. Every catechist must constantly endeavor to transmit by his teaching and behavior the teaching and life of Jesus.” (Evangelization in the Catholic School, Archdiocese of Baltimore,p 6)


“But let teachers recognize that the Catholic school depends upon them almost entirely for the accomplishment of its goals and programs. They should therefore be very carefully prepared so that both in secular and religious knowledge they are equipped with suitable qualifications and also with a pedagogical skill that is in keeping with the findings of the contemporary world.” (Gravissimum Educationis, Pope Paul VI, 1965 #8)


Standard:  The formation of teachers for catechetical and instructional competence is ongoing.

* 1. __        All teachers have current catechist certification according to local Arch/Diocesan norms, or are in the process of obtaining such catechist certification

* 2.

__  Administration (pastor/priests and principal) provide ongoing faith formation activities for teachers as routine part of teacher in-service.

* 3.

__  Staff, as a staff, participate in annual retreat days and other activities that help build a faith community among the staff.

* 4.

__  Staff meetings include time for prayer and time for discussion about Religion, Catholic values, and the faith formation of the entire school community (parents, students, staff).

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