Catholic Schools Week 2018
Sr. Marjorie Everett, SBS
During Catholic Schools Week we recall that parents want the best for their children and willingly make sacrifices to obtain that. For several generations mothers and fathers have enrolled their youngsters in parochial schools based upon these beliefs. Parents want good academics – yes; suitable discipline – yes; moral values – yes – and more. The sacraments.
Catholic schools emphasize the inherent worth of each person in the eyes of God. Teachers encourage continued development of a relationship with God. The sacraments of reconciliation and the Eucharist give strength to maintain and deepen that relationship with God. This is preparation not just for life, but for eternal life.
This week we thank and support all those who have guided, comforted, challenged, instructed, and most of all, loved the students, past and present, of our Catholic Schools.
Since their founding in 1891 by St. Katharine Drexel, many of the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament have served in ministry as Catholic educators. In honor of Catholic Schools Week, we asked the Sisters at Paul’s Run Retirement community some questions about their experiences and what they felt were key values of a Catholic education. Here is a list of the questions we asked, along with some of the Sisters’ responses.
What do you feel is the main benefit of receiving a Catholic School education?
Sr. Jeanette Kinlicheeny, SBS
(pictured directly below)…
“To know God, to love God, and to serve Him.”
Sr. Roland Lagarde, SBS
(also pictured below)…
“Learning and practicing the Catholic Religion.”
Through your experience as a Catholic School Educator, is there one thing that satisfied you most when a student truly learned it?
Sr. Anne Kelly, SBS
“The one thing that satisfied me most when a student truly learned a concept was to see the light in that student’s eyes and their knowing that they really know in the depths of their heart and soul what that concept means, and how to apply it when, and if needed.”
Name a virtue that you feel your students gained by receiving a Catholic School education, and how it benefits them in life.
“Gratitude. They continue to let us know through-out time, and even to this day, how grateful they are for our bringing them to Christ; for our making a difference in their lives; for teaching them about a loving God; for teaching them how to read. They often say, ‘Sister, thank you so much for your love and your presence in my life.’ ”
– Sr. Mary Roger Thibodeaux, SBS
Sr. Annette Marie O’Donnell, SBS
“A grounding in their faith which should support them through the up’s and down’s of life.”
Sr. Roland Lagarde, SBS
“Faith, Hope, Charity. They are the foundation of all of the other virtues.”
As a Catholic School teacher, can you list three qualities you most wanted your students to gain through their educational experience?
Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament
response to the above question
regarding their experience as a
Catholic School educator
Sr. Dorothy Dowd…
“ 1. Honesty. 2. Perseverance.
3. Ability to challenge themselves
in areas they would need in life.”
Sr. Anne Kelly…
“ COMPASSION – (but for the grace of God,
go I; I will walk in the shoes of another.)
RESPECT (everyone is a child of God,
created in God’s image and likeness)
HONESTY (there is never a need to
cheat oneself or another)”
Sr. Carole Eden…
“ Hope for a future and the right to be
a part of it. Acceptance of all regardless
of their color. Faith in God and the
ability to express it.
Sr. Roland Lagarde…
“ A deeper faith, hope, love of God, for
God, in God, from God, to God.”
Sr. Jane Norton…
“ That they were worthy of love and respect.
That they were being taught lessons that
would get them through life — not
being taught just for the moment.
To believe in themselves and recognize
their gifts and talents.”
Sr. Geraldine Mikulec…
“ 1. A deep respect and reverence for all
creation, especially for human life from
conception to death demonstrated in
each one’s interaction with others.
2. Honesty and integrity in each situation
or encounter with others – so always speak
the truth or ‘stand up’ for it, regardless
of what others may say or do.
3. Concern and care for another, seeking
good for the person, placing the person’s
needs before their own, reaching out to the
poor, oppressed, marginalized, forgotten
with great compassion.”
Sr. Annette Marie
“ Faith; Self-Esteem; Concern for others.”
Sr. Pat Marshall, SBS…
“ FAITH – HOPE- and LOVE.”
“ A deepening of their Catholic Faith.
To have respect for their elders.
To help those less fortunate
than they are.”
Sr. Margaret Sullivan, SBS…
“ Joy in…
– Sharing of service to others.
– Respect of one’s potential for
fulfilling life’s challenges.
– Living their Faith values.”