As Catholic educators throughout Canada continue to pivot around the challenges of COVID-19, Catholic schools continue to step up to the challenge. From coast to coast, we see innovation, faithfulness, and compassion as Catholic educators deliver lessons in inspired ways and thoughtfully connect with students virtually.
In the 2002 CCSTA publication Build Bethlehem Everywhere – a statement on Catholic Education, a beautiful vision for Catholic education is described. This thoughtful publication, written by Fr. Erik Riechers, Thomas Owens, Dolores Wagner-Owens and Miles Meyers, has inspired tens of thousands of Catholic educators worldwide and continues to illuminate the significance of Catholic education today.
In a recent newsletter from the Alberta Catholic School Trustees’ Association, the Director of Grateful Advocates for Catholic Education, Bonnie Anicchiarico shared how this publication deepened her understanding of Catholic education. “Small but mighty, this treatise on Catholic Schools explores the depth and breadth of this gift we are called to nurture and protect.”
As we courageously charge into 2021 with hope, may you draw inspiration and encouragement from Build Bethlehem Everywhere. Let us remember that Catholic education is much more than the transfer of information– it is meant to be a dynamic exchange that impacts both learner and teacher.
Join us on Twitter and share an excerpt from Build Bethlehem Everywhere that speaks to you. Let us know a key takeaway or line that impacted you using the hashtag #BuildBethlehemEverywhere. We also look forward to hearing your ideas of what it could look like to “build Bethlehem” in an online or physically distanced context.
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