On July 9, 2020 Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity celebrated our educational legacy with a virtual gathering of Sisters throughout the country. After an opening prayer, Community Director Sister Natalie Binversie welcomed the participants.
Keynote Speaker Tim Olson, friend and esteemed local educational leader at Roncalli High School over the years, encouraged all to remember where we have come in the legacy of Catholic Education and where we are going. Some points of reflection: The world of larger families and knowing your neighbors who share the same parish is no longer the normal working model in Catholic Schools and parishes. Today’s young people are still hungry for direction, are looking for help in dealing with peer rebellion and often are making many decisions on their own. Moral guidelines are desired. Some are lonely, lacking real support. Being present in the educational mission of the Church becomes more critical. We are needed to form the next generation with skills to know and defend their faith. Diversity in the broad definition of the term is also important as we look forward. Listening is vital as we pass the torch to new compassionate leaders who are called to be Christ to others.
Other topics of interest shared by the Sisters included:
- Data-driven Instruction (Sister Mary Karen Oudeans)
- Classical Schools (Sister Carolee Vanness)
- On-line Instruction (Sister Mary Carol Kopecky, Sister Marcolette Madden, Sister Mary Teresa Bettag)
The last point of sharing was a discussion question: How would you define the legacy of education for the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity?