Combing the Tradition: Catholic Schools in the Era of Baptismal Consciousness

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This is a sketchbook of the twin realities of Catholic faith and Catholic schools. A theological vision of the Catholic religious imagination provides the framework for viewing these realities from different angles. Taking Pope Benedict XVI's remark that "truth is in the Whole," this book looks at Catholic faith and education from the rich perspective of the sacramental or Catholic imagination. Historian John Tracy Ellis's conviction that this age will be known as "the era of baptismal consciousness," reflects a growing awareness in the entire Christian community that it must take its responsibilities in evangelization seriously.

Combing the Tradition is an attempt to comb the Catholic tradition from the point of view of this reemerging baptismal consciousness. It marvels at the role that Catholic schools, teachers, parents, and students play in recreating this great truth. It finds God's loving hand at work in the lives of citizens seeking meaning at Ground Zero, in the reemerging theology of the domestic church, and in understanding the task of Catholic education. It raises questions concerning the impact of consumer society on the lives of our young people and finds hope in schools, which continue to shape the religious imaginations of the next generation of a community of disciples.

About the Author:
Fred Herron is a member of the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at St. John's University, and chairperson of the Religious Studies Department at Fontbonne Hall Academy, Brooklyn

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761837985
  • Publisher: The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group Inc
  • Publication date: 6/28/2007
  • Pages: 226
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

Fred Herron is a member of the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at St. John's University, and chairperson of the Religious Studies Department at Fontbonne Hall Academy, Brooklyn. He is also Director of Adult Faith Formation at St. Clare's parish, Staten Island and Program Director at Mount Manresa Jesuit Retreat House. Author of six books and a variety of articles appearing in such publications as Review for Religious, Momentum, and National Catholic Reporter, Fred has spoken nationally in the areas of Catholic education and spirituality.

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Table of Contents

Preface: To Take Love's Overflow     vii
Introduction: Catholic Schools in the Era of Baptismal Consciousness     xiii
A Good People
Four Characteristics of Successful Catholic Schools     1
Let Me In: Teachers As Spiritual Companions     7
High School Theologians: Communities of "Local Theologians"     11
A Gracious World
Combing the Tradition: Ralph Fasanella and the Persistence of the Catholic Imagination     15
The Voice of Mirth: Storytelling and the Vocations of Parents and Teachers     29
A Community for Life: Made for Each Other
Rising From the Ashes: The Catholic Imagination at Ground Zero     43
A Tradition to Inherit
From One Room to Another: Catholic Schools and the Domestic Church: Towards a Re-Visioning of Our Mission     49
A Reasonable Wisdom
A Sense of Christ: Prophecy, Schools and the Catholic Imagination     103
A Spirituality for Everyone
Thomas Merton and the Retrieval of the Catholic Imagination: Some Implications for Catholic Schools     111
The Canary in the Classroom: Bricolage and the Articulation of the Gospel     137
A Faith That Does Justice
Catholic Schools and the Catholic Social Tradition     147
A Catholic Openness
Consuming Passions: Catholic Education in a Consumer Culture     169
Index     199
Scripture Index     205
About the Author     207
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