Catholic Honor Roll Program in Transition

The Newman Society will be making some exciting updates to its evaluation and school recognition programs. Therefore, beginning June 1st, applications will no longer be accepted for Catholic Education Honor Roll recognition, and all applications not in the Stage 2 – Formal application stage will be archived and unavailable. Applications in the Stage 2 – Formal Application stage have until June 15th to submit for Honor Roll recognition. Applications not submitted at that time will be archived and unavailable.

More details will be forthcoming. All accepted Honor Roll schools will continue to be recognized as such until their five-year period has ended.

St. Agnes School in the News

Administrators from St. Agnes School, an Honor Roll school in St. Paul, stepped out and advocated on behalf of private school families in the city to receive COVID-19 relief funds originally slated for public school students only. Because of the efforts of Headmaster Kevin Ferdinandt, Jason Adkins, and 10 other private school advocates, the fund was redesigned and opened up to all eligible families, including students attending the private Catholic school, whose families meet the limited income guidelines and whose livelihood was affected by the pandemic. Read about their efforts here.

Maintaining Catholic Identity in Distance Learning Instruction

As we all scramble to continue educating our students in this new medium, it’s important not to fall into the trap of focusing on technology first. The focus in Catholic education is the child; educating and forming them in holiness. Are the methods your school is choosing for distance instruction and online technology furthering that effort of formation?
Derek Tremblay, Headmaster from one of our Ambassador schools, Mount Royal Academy, has this take on learning from home:

“At Mount Royal Academy, we consider this a tremendous opportunity to instill the habit of reflection and introspection. If we are to become who God made us to be, we have to be willing to think more deeply about meaning and moments. Instead of putting teachers and students in front of devices for hours upon hours, we invite students to pause, pray, and ponder. Perhaps this is even providential that we are all slowing down to focus on what really matters the most: the school of the family, the domestic church.”

The Academic Dean of the school, Dr. Amy Sansone, provides the details here for the weekly Assessment & Reflection Essay (ARE’s) all students in the K-12 school are given. Instead of giving more content, this school has chosen to allow students to integrate and assimilate the choice content provided to make personal meaning and take advantage of the quite time available at home that is not often found in a busy school day.
Below are several resources produced by the Society to assist educators in this endeavor:
Maintaining Catholic Identity in Distance Learning Instruction by Dr. Daniel Guernsey and Dr. Denise Donohue.
Maintaining Catholic Identity in Home-Based Instruction (VIDEO) by Tyler Graham, Ave Maria Academy, and Dr. Dan Guernsey.
Keeping the ‘Catholic’ in Distance Learning by Patrick Reilly, President of The Cardinal Newman Society.
For Catholic Schools, Now’s a Time to Shine by Patrick Reilly, President of the Cardinal Newman Society.

Truth & Love Conference – an initiative of Courage International: April 27-29

There is still time to register for the virtual conference titled “Be not afraid: Affirming the truth about sex and identity.” The conference has moved all of its talks to an online experience with a reduced cost of only $75. The focus of this year’s conference is to offer practical and pastoral guidance on the topics of homosexuality and sexual identity to clergy, religious, pastoral ministers, and lay professionals. Speakers include Helen Alvare, J.D., Fr. Philip Bochanski, Mary Rice Hasson, J.D., Fr. Paul Sullins, PH.D., and Quentin Van Meter, M.D., among others.
Click here for conference information. Click here to register.

Ruah Woods – Summer TOB Educator Workshops June

Registration is now open for two June Theology of the Body Educator Training Workshops at the Sharonville Convention Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. This training features nationally renowned speakers, experts & experienced educators whose focus is to help equip teachers with the understanding and tools needed to make THEOLOGY OF THE BODY come to life in the classroom and community.
The programs are designed for DREs, catechists, youth ministers, administrators, educators, diocesan officials and parents interested in learning to share St. John Paul II’s transformative biblical view of God’s plan and purpose for the human person.
For more information and registration click on the links below.
1) Intro to Theology of the Body 3-Day Workshop*:
June 22-24, 2020 
2) Special Topics in TOB: Gender & Sexual Identity 2-Day Workshop*:
June 25 & 26, 2020
Sign-up for either topic or BOTH (& SAVE $35) to make it a 5-day powerhouse week!
*Send at least two ambassadors from your school/parish & your pastor can attend for FREE!

Congratulations to Prince of Peace Catholic School and Royalmont Academy!

Congratulations to our newest 2020-25 Honor Roll Schools: Prince of Peace Catholic School and Royalmont Academy!