The Educational Leader in a Catholic Setting
In an address to Catholic educational leaders, Pope Benedict XVI reminded us, “Freedom is not an opting out. It is an opting in – a participation in Being itself. Hence authentic freedom can never be attained by turning away from God. Such a choice would ultimately disregard the very truth we need in order to understand ourselves. A particular responsibility therefore for each of you, and your colleagues, is to evoke among the young the desire for the act of faith, encouraging them to commit themselves to the ecclesial life that follows from this belief. It is here that freedom reaches the certainty of truth. In choosing to live by that truth, we embrace the fullness of the life of faith which is given to us in the Church.” What does it look like to wisely, prudently, and generously lead an educational institution with that core vision firmly in place? This workshop addresses the formative witness of a school leader, to help students “to know and love the One you have encountered, whose truth and goodness you have experienced with joy. With Saint Augustine, let us say: ‘we who speak and you who listen acknowledge ourselves as fellow disciples of a single teacher’” (Sermons, 23:2).