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Franciscan University has produced a prodigious amount of material over the years that can help you be a better catechist. Here, you will find videos, audio clips, magazines, books, brochures, and other resources produced by University faculty, conference speakers, and an array of collaborators. We are pleased to make much of it available for free, with a handful of items requiring a subscription or purchase.
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Presented by Patrick Ginty of the Diocese of Raleigh. St. John Paul II tells us that, “Family catechesis . . . precedes, accompanies and enriches all other forms of catechesis” (Apostolic Exhortation “On Catechesis in Our Time,” Catechesi tradendae 68). These words challenge us to examine our thinking about how to pass on the Catholic faith within the parish or school we serve, and specifically to look at how to encourage the formation of the entire family. In the Catechism of the Catholic Church we read, “The family is the community in which, from childhood, one can learn moral values, begin to honor God, and make good use of freedom” (2207). This webinar examines the primacy of the family in faith formation and the importance of assisting families in their missionary life, so that the saving work of the domestic church is well supported.
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Presented by Tom Quinlan, Ministry Director, St. Joseph Educational Center of Des Moines. Never before has it been as important to engage parents and involve them in the faith development of their children. At the center of this shift is the need to bring parents into meaningful relationship with Jesus and the Church. We will explore both the vision for this and specific pastoral action to help parish faith formation meaningfully impact our households. To View the PDF Powerpoint, please copy and paste this link into your browser window: https://franciscanathome.com/sites/default/files/uid-files/5127/EvangelizingFamiliesToday%20PPT%208-2-22.pdf
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Presented by Tom Reichenbacher of the Diocese of La Crosse, Dr. Camille Brown of the Archdiocese of Baltimore, and Dr. Therese Recinella of the Diocese of Columbus. “From the first moment that a student sets foot in a Catholic school, he or she ought to have the impression of entering a new environment, one illumined by the light of faith, and having its own unique characteristics. . . . In a Catholic school, everyone should be aware of the living presence of Jesus the ‘Master’ who, today as always, is with us in our journey through life as the one genuine ‘Teacher,’ the perfect Man in whom all human values find their fullest perfection” (“The Religious Dimension of Education in a Catholic School: Guidelines for Reflection and Renewal” 25). The Catholic school has a unique ability to help students and staff in their process of ongoing conversion. This webinar aims to discuss the critical role of each teacher, since, “The nobility of the task to which teachers are called demands that, in imitation of Christ, the only Teacher, they reveal the Christian message not only by word but also by every gesture of their behavior. This is what makes the difference between a school whose education is permeated by the Christian spirit and one in which religion is only regarded as an academic subject like any other” (The Catholic School, Sacred Congregation for Catholic Education 43). We will discuss with diocesan-level leaders of school systems the challenges and ways forward to help form faculties towards this vision.
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Presented by Dr. Gerard O’Shea of Notre Dame University of Sydney and the Diocese of Wilcannia-Forbes. Come and learn from a true master! Dr. O’Shea is has led a diocesan school system in Australia and has long been a professor of Religious Education for the University of Notre Dame in Sydney. He has worked in Catholic education for over forty years and has written numerous articles and books on religious education and parenting. He and his wife, Anne, served as president couple of the National Association of Catholic Families. He is an internationally-recognized expert on how to take Montessori principles of forming children into a diversity of settings – regular Catholic schools especially! To view and download Dr. O'Shea's presentation materials, please copy and paste this link into your browser: https://1drv.ms/u/s!AklgJv2E_jrlh8EtS2887G49ISyGGg?e=V4rgkH
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Presented by Sam Mauck and Dcn. Jeff Drzycimski of the Diocese of Memphis. A strong diocesan formation effort is not simply one geared to form individuals well in the faith, but one that seeks to foster intimate ties in Christ among the faithful, providing distinctively Catholic and ongoing encounters with Jesus through devotions, Confession, education, and fellowship, so participation in the Mass is experienced as it should be, as the summit of a wider movement towards the Lord. A strong parish community is one that aims to foster sacrificial accompaniment within structures of continuity of care – to foster and deepen the vocation to others, knowing that the faith is most effectively passed on via pathways of familial trust, personal witness, vulnerable friendship, genuine sharing and reciprocal sacrifice, within the strength of a community. This webinar will discuss ways to foster, at a diocesan level, ongoing formation that encourages this experience of the Lord in local communities of faith.
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