How can Pope Benedict XVI’s call for the New Evangelization be realized in Catholic schools? A conference at our Lady Seat of Wisdom Academy slated for this summer will seek to answer that question.
The Academy, located in Barry’s Bay, Ontario, will produce the conference “Fertile Soil – Preparing Teachers for the New Evangelization” on campus this August. The conference will be the second installment of the Academy’s Wojtyla Summer Institute and bring teachers from across Ontario together for “seminars, fellowship and relaxation.”
The sessions will be conducted by professors from OLSWA, a Catholic post-secondary liberal arts institution offering one-, two-, and three-year certificates in Christian humanities. A number of universities, including Redeemer University College, Tyndale University College and Franciscan University of Steubenville, have accepted credits from OLSWA, which is pursuing degree-granting status in the province of Ontario.
Barry’s Bay This Week reports:
The purpose of the Wojtyla Summer Institute is to advance OLSWA’s mission of serving the Church by offering programs focusing on aspects of the Faith and Catholic teaching which will be available to groups or individuals interested in further developing their understanding of Catholicism.
In a recent address to bishops, Pope Benedict XVI called Catholic schools “an essential resource for the new evangelization.” To help in this important mission, this year’s institute is aimed at preparing Catholic teachers for a concrete implementation of Pope Benedict’s goals for the Year of Faith.
In his apostolic letter proclaiming the Year of Faith, the Pope said, “In this Year… the Catechism of the Catholic Church will serve as a tool providing real support for the faith, especially for those concerned with the formation of Christians, so crucial in our cultural context.”
The Institute seminars will focus on key topics from the Catechism, as well as formation for teachers and the integration of Faith into the curriculum. The sessions will be taught by professors from Our Lady Seat of Wisdom, as well as featuring speakers such as artist and author Michael D. O’Brien, and Fr. Joseph Hattie, OMI.
Teachers are invited to register as individuals, groups or to bring the whole family. OLSWA’s beautiful campus overlooks Lake Kamaniskeg, and during the weekend there will also be ample opportunity to enjoy social activities and fun with the family while delighting in the scenery of the Madawaska Valley. Registration information can be found at the Our Lady Seat of Wisdom website, www.seatofwisdom.org, or by calling 613-756-3082.
In a note to The Cardinal Newman Society, OLSW president Dr. Keith Cassidy expanded on how the Summer Institute ties into the Academy’s mission:
Our Lady Seat of Wisdom Academy exists to serve the Church by providing a new generation with knowledge of and love for the truths of the Catholic faith. The Wojtyla Summer Institute is a marvelous opportunity for us to carry out that mission. Although open to all, the primary audience for the Institute is teachers, including parents home schooling their children. By strengthening their knowledge of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, and by showing how a Catholic perspective can be brought to bear of a variety of subjects, we can through them reach a large number of young people in need of evangelization.
Our Lady Seat of Wisdom is recommended in The Newman Guide to Choosing a Catholic College.
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