Summer Off?

I’m always a bit bemused when non-educators talk about school folk having the “summer off.” Sometimes it’s said with enviable longing (“how I wish I got the summer off!”) — and sometimes with a critical disdain (“They get the summer off. That’s barely working!”). The image conjured is one of teachers across the land lounging in chaises — fruity drink and junky summer novel in hand. Read More »

Discernment and Formation: A Renewed Perspective

When I retired last July after 35 years in school chaplaincy, I was determined to spend at least the first six months “getting good and bored!” I was successful for the first three months and then, it seems, God had other plans for me. I cautiously accepted two out of three invitations I received to become involved in community once again: helping to facilitate a marvelous initiative in peer learning among a group of wise and gifted veteran school chaplains scattered across the nation, and chairing the Commission on Ministry in my diocese. My closest friends smile indulgently when I tell them how busy my life is once again, almost as if they knew I wouldn’t make it six months! Read More »

Connecting Religious Language with Personal Experience

Throughout the 7th grade world religions class, we had been talking about the power of hope found in all religions. In our final discussion on the power of hope found in the Hindu tradition of Diwali, the students were asked to share a story of how they experienced hope. Read More »

Inheriting America

I was 16 when my parents relocated our family to the United States from the United Kingdom. Not having a choice in the matter, my […] Read More »

Redefining The Journey

We frequently use the metaphor of “journey” to describe life or the trajectory of our faith. The visual that comes to my mind when I […] Read More »

Spiritual Life

A quick look at the Spiritual Life page on our school’s website will give one an idea about life at St. Catherine’s School. Even though […] Read More »

Beyond All Names

I happen to live in one of the few places in our country where Epiphany is really celebrated. Here in south Louisiana, January 6th begins […] Read More »