Catholic Schools Week is another opportunity for us to remember that we are the inheritors of Marcellin’s vision and legacy. What he began in La Valla, France on January 2, 1817, we continue today on 115th Street in Chicago. We are also part of the vision and legacy of (Saint) Mother Elizabeth Seton and (Saint) Bishop John Neumann who were two of the architects of the Catholic school system in the United States.
It was not that long ago in our US history that Catholics were ridiculed, threatened, suppressed, and ostracized. Much like Marcellin, Elizabeth Seton and John Neumann “read the signs of the times” and created a means of educating children and, most importantly, passing on the faith.
This week reminds us that Catholic schools exist for one reason and one reason only: “to evangelize through education”. (In the Footsteps of Marcellin Champagnat: A Vision for Marist Education Today). It is all too easy to think that evangelization is the work of our religion and campus ministry departments. If we’re honest, we know it’s a responsibility in which we all share – each of us in his or her own way.
This Monday Minute is from Brother Hank who is listening to “Ancient Words” as performed by Michael W. Smith