School of Faith is a public association of the faithful that provides ongoing adult catechesis throughout the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas. We are providing ongoing formation to the teachers in all 44 of the Catholic schools throughout the Archdiocese of Kansas City, Kansas. School of Faith offers ongoing classes in many parishes as well as the St Lawrence Catholic Center at the University of Kansas. School of Faith has been offering formation for the Deaconate as well as the Spiritual Mentorship program in collaboration with the Apostles of the Interior Life. In the Fall of 2013, we will also be providing ongoing formation to the Catholic school teachers in the Archdiocese of Omaha and the Diocese of Des Moines.
School of Faith offers doctrinal and spiritual formation for Catholics through catechetical programs that stress the call to prayer, virtue, and holiness of life, with a particular emphasis on mentoring those who have the responsibility to teach the faith to others.
School of Faith is a program of adult catechesis primarily designed to provide doctrinal and spiritual formation for Catholic school teachers, administrators, spiritual mentors and individuals. Its purpose is to lay the theological foundation upon which an authentic Catholic culture can be developed. It is comprehensive in its content, but always with the goal of explaining the faith in a simple and engaging way.
As stressed by the Church at the Second Vatican Council, Catholic schools have the task of leading young people to a deep encounter with Jesus Christ. This entails providing them an apprenticeship in Christian living as well as renewing Catholic culture through the development of the physical, intellectual, moral, social and especially spiritual capacities of the next generation.
The religious who graced Catholic schools in previous generations had an amazing depth and breadth of formation in the Catholic faith. Today, however, the vast majority of our teachers are lay people who were not given this same depth of religious training. If the primary mission of a Catholic school is to provide an authentically Catholic education, then equipping the teachers who have the responsibility to carry out this mission must be a priority. Teachers must be well formed in the Catholic faith and way of life themselves, as they cannot be expected to hand on what they do not possess.
Therefore, the mission of School of Faith is to provide ongoing doctrinal and spiritual formation for Catholic school teachers in the Archdiocese of Kansas City through catechetical programs that stress the call to prayer, virtue, and holiness of life. This formation not only benefits the teachers themselves, but also equips them to build a solid Catholic environment in our Catholic schools.
Pillars of the School of Faith Program
With the intention of fostering an authentically Catholic culture in the Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Kansas City, the School of Faith formation consists of four pillars:
1. Intellectual formation in the Catholic ideas or truths by studying the Old and New Testament, the Catechism of the Catholic Church, virtue, moral principles, social doctrine and the theology of the body.
2. Interior formation, concentrating on growth in a deep relationship with Christ through prayer.
3. Community and friendship, as our faith is relational.
4. Apostolate: Apply the truth, beauty, and goodness of the Catholic faith to everything we do in the school, as an application of our baptismal mission to draw others to Christ and His Church.
The curriculum itself is taught through a series of weekly and/or monthly sessions in a mini-retreat format, highly engaging and interactive with no assignments or requirements other than attendance. The program will allow teachers and other attendees to grow in their relationship with Christ and one another as a community and help them to express, understand, live and share the Gospel.
As each one has received a gift, use it to serve one another as good stewards of God's varied grace. (1 Peter 4:10)