the Catholic Agency for Overseas Development in the UK, offers
a wide range of free, online and priced resources to support
teachers at Key Stages 1-4 and beyond.
Trócaire is the
development agency of the Catholic
Church in Ireland. This organization has developed several quality
resources. Among these is a course entitled Civic,
Social and Political Education (CSPE) that aims at enabling
teachers and students to find out about human rights and global
issues, to develop their skills and to take action for a better
world. This is an excellent resource!
Education in Catholic Schools - a sub-group of the the
Catholic Commission for Justice, Development and Peace,
Melbourne, Australia. The site contains resources and links
on international and national social justice issues and
articles on social justice educations.
The Web of the
Cross - "This site is a a meditation using the Way of
the Cross. Each '"station" is linked to a web site that
invites you to a response in faith to the suffering Christ in
our global village. Some sites provide a directed mediation with
images and music, others take you to a page of links that you
might like to explore and reflect on. This series is based on
the revised Stations of the Cross released by the Congregation
of Rites in 1975. "
“That’s Not Fair!” (No longer online) is a curriculum designed
to help students (6th grade and up) understand the main
themes of Catholic Social Teaching. The program, having
been endorsed by Bishop Raymond Boland, Bishop of Kansas
City-St. Joseph Diocese, includes activities and materials
to help students gain a realistic understanding of the poor.
The final outcome of “That’s Not Fair!”
is to involve students in advocacy on behalf of people who
are less fortunate, or who cannot speak on their own behalf.
"The weak say to us: 'I need you.' If they are heard,
a community is created," said Vanier. "The one who
runs the greatest risk is the one who says he has no need
"That man creates war and competition. However, to
the degree that one recognizes 'I am weak, I need you,'
we are willing to work together."
"Are we willing to hear the weak one? This is the
question. If we decide not to listen to him, then we continue
living in division, in competition, in war. If we choose
to receive him, then we build the future together,"
-- Jean Vanier, at World Youth Day 2000
Building Blocks Of Catholic Social Teaching - An artcle
by William J. Byron from the Magazine America for Oct. 31, 1998.
A set of ten "principles that can serve as a table of contents
for the larger body of Catholic social teaching."
Social Justice Teaching - this handy page on the web site
of the Archdiocese of Santa Fe sets out the The Six Core Principles of Catholic Social Justice Teaching as well as ethical framework
for economic life.
Upcoming Conferences& Forums
Marygrove to Host National Education Conference
to Mark the 50th Anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education
Detroit, MI--Marygrove College announced that it
will kick off a year-long series of events, which will culminate
in a three-day national conference to focus on the status of education
since Brown v. the Board of Education of Topeka. "Revitalizing
the Purpose and Spirit of Education: The Imprint of Brown v. the
Board of Education" will host educational leaders from throughout
the country who will explore educational standards since Brown,
and the needs of schools, teachers, and students in the next 50
years. "There is a great deal of debate about the strides
students have made since the Brown decision," said Alfred
Cooke, Ph.D., dean of education. "We hope to provide a thought-provoking
forum to discuss these differing perspectives, and help develop
a sense of what the future educational landscape can look like."
The series marks the 50th anniversary of the May 17, 1954, U.S.
Supreme Court decision, which ended federally sanctioned racial
segregation in the public schools by ruling unanimously that separate
educational facilities are inherently unequal. A groundbreaking
case, Brown not only overturned the precedent of Plessy v. Ferguson
(1896), which had declared "separate but equal facilities"
constitutional, but also provided the legal foundation of the
Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s.
The conference will take place October 1 - 3, 2004 and is under
the sponsorship of Marygrove College Graduate Studies, the Education
Unit, the Master in the Art of Teaching Program, and Undergraduate
Studies, Office of Alumni Relations, and Continuing Education.
Marygrove College is a Catholic, liberal arts college located
on 53 park-like acres in one of Detroit's oldest residential neighborhoods.
Offering more than 35 programs, Marygrove is widely recognized
for its teaching, social work, art, music and dance, undergraduate,
and graduate programs.
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Until January 31, 2004
Forum Gallery will be presenting for the first
time in New York, Nelson Shanks’
Portrait of Pope John Paul II. The portrait was part of
a yearlong exhibition entitled "St. Peter's and the Legacy
of the Pope" that traveled throughout the United States.
Shanks’ likeness of the pope confidently extends a five-hundred-year
tradition of papal portraits, informed by the artist’s
intense reading of the Old Masters. The painter has rendered
with intense insight a towering historical personality near
the end of his life, yet a figure who seems altogether contemporary
and familiar, a universal father. To see a reproduction of the
painting, click here.
A bit of humor
An elderly woman approached her pastor and asked if he would
say a Latin Mass some Sunday.
"I never celebrate Mass in Latin," the priest explained.
The lady sniffed and muttered, "If Latin was good enough
for Jesus, it should be good enough for you!"
A local priest joined a community service club,
and the members thought they would have some fun with him. Under
his name on the badge they printed "Hog Caller" as
Everyone made a big fanfare as the badge was presented. The
priest responded by saying: "I usually am called the 'Shepherd
of the Sheep'... but you know your people better than I do."
Some friars were behind on their belfry payments,
so they opened up a small florist shop to raise the funds. Since
everyone liked to buy flowers from the "men of God,"
the rival florist across town thought the competition was unfair.
He asked the good fathers to close down, but they would not.
He went back and begged the friars to close. They ignored him.
He asked his mother to ask the friars to get out of business.
They ignored her, too. So the rival florist hired Hugh MacTaggart,
the roughest and most vicious thug in town to "persuade"
them to close. Hugh beat up the friars and trashed their store,
saying he'd be back if they didn't close shop. Terrified, they
did so, thereby proving (Brace yourself.)
That Hugh, and only Hugh, can prevent florist friars.
If God hadn't wanted us to sleep, he wouldn't
have invented pews.