Catholic Identity Assessment and Improvement Resources
Common Core Assessments Resources
High School Textbooks
Mental Health Resources
The Anti-Pornography Task force of the Archdiocese of Omaha – The Archdiocese of Omaha has an excellent list of resources created by their anti-pornography task force. Of particular interest: “Family Checklist” and “Age-Appropriate Talking Points.”
Catholic mental health professionals who specialize in this illness are available throughout the United States. Please visit CatholicTherapists.com or stjosephslist.org to find a therapist in your area.
K9 Web Protection – A free program that filters pornography and allows the users to place voluntary restrictions on the time and content to which they are exposed.
X3Watch – A subscription-based program that allows users to voluntarily restrict which content appears on their browsers. Users are held accountable for their internet use.
Everts’ website on chastity – Contains an excellent question/answer section on pornography.
Covenant Eyes – A subscription-based program that filters internet content and reports use to an accountability partner. (This is the program used by the Mount St. Mary’s Seminary.)
The Effects of Pornography on Individuals, Marriage, Family and Community – Research by Dr. Fagan detailing the negative effects of pornography.
Imago Dei Counseling – Individual, couple, and group therapy; free online Sexual Addiction Screening Test (SAST).
Integrity Restored – Contains resources for men looking to overcome addictions to pornography (including conferences, telecounseling services, and suggested reading) and information about the detriments of viewing pornography.
Morality in Media – “The leading national organization opposing obscenity and indecency through public education and the application of the law.”
The Porn Effect – Website detailing the effects of pornography on different groups.
Prodigals International – Counseling and other solutions for Christians, “experiencing confusion and grief while struggling with compulsive and obsessive behavior around sex and love addiction issues such as pornography, affairs, internet sites, chat rooms, etc.”
Pure Hope – Provides resources for parents to help their children “navigate the cultural minefield;” those attempting to combat “impurity and injustice” in their communities; and those suffering from sexual additions. For consultation, referrals, and education, call (800) 583-2964 (M-F 9am-5pm EST) or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Pure Life Ministries – Free resources and counseling for those addicted to pornography and their partners.
Reclaim Sexual Health – An online program which provides tools for overcoming addictions to pornography, masturbation or sex. A paid subscription is required.
The Social Costs of Pornography – A collection of papers by experts in the fields of, “psychiatry, psychology, neurophysiology, philosophy, sociology,law, and political theory,” assessing “the real nature of pornography in its moral and social consequences.”
Women of Grace – Provides excellent resources on dealing with pornography.
Catholic Athletes for Christ – “Catholic Athletes for Christ serves Catholic athletes in the practice of their faith and shares the Gospel in and through sports. Contact them to join a growing number of schools with a CAC Chapter program.
Catholic Identity Assessment and Improvement
The Catholic Schools Identity Assessment - An assessment program sponsored by the Catholic Education Foundation.
Common Core Assessments: The Cardinal Newman Society and the Catholic High School Honor Roll continue to monitor trends in Catholic education which may impact the Catholic identity of schools. The Common Core State Standards have been implemented in 46 states and in many Catholic dioceses across the United States.
The Cardinal Newman Society has joined with the National Association of Private Catholic and Independent Schools, the Catholic Education Foundation, and other groups to form the Coalition for Excellence in Catholic Education. This Coalition hosted a conference for School Superintendents and other Catholic education leaders in New Jersey in early November 2013 and then hosted a breakfast for bishops as part of their annual meeting in Baltimore the same month.
For resources and information about the Common Core, please visit our new page: CatholicIsOurCore.org.
Bioethics – John Paul the Great Catholic High School in Dumfries, VA (2012 Honor Roll School) has built its curriculum around the bioethics theme. While you may not desire to follow suit, the two textbooks written by Sr. Terese Auer, O.P. listed below are excellent supplemental materials for any religion or ethics course.
“Each parent of the students attending JP the Great are required to take an abbreviated version of the course. I took it with my wife several years ago along with a priest. The priest noted that the students are JP the Great are getting a better understanding of the human person than what is being taught to our seminarians preparing for the priesthood.” – Bob Laird, Manager, Catholic Honor Roll
The Human Person: Dignity Beyond Compare” by Sr. Terese Auer, O.P.
Called to Happiness: Guiding Ethical principles” by Sr. Terese Auer, O.P.
Economics – “As I was reviewing the Honor Roll schools from 2012, I found that many of them used the Apostles and Markets text below.” Bob Laird, Manager, Catholic Honor Roll
These 12 lessons are available on line at no cost and they present a survey of principles for an introductory social justice or economics course. As stand-alone lessons they may also be used as supplementary materials in any order based on classroom intent and need.
"Apostles and Markets" a free 12 lesson course by Stephen Haessler, Ph.D.
History - The Catholic Schools Textbook Project - The Catholic Schools Textbook Project is in the process of producing a 12-volume series of history/social studies textbooks and supporting materials specifically for Catholic schools and students Currently available is a middle-school series (grades 5-8) with plans move next into a high school series ( The text Lands of Hope and Promise: A History of North America has been published as an ebook)
Note: The publishers have advised that secondary schools have ordered the 7th and8th grade texts for use in 9th and 10th grades. The style of the books - the union of expository and story modes -- makes them accessible and profitable to students of various grade levels.
Science - “Faith Science & Reason: Theologyon the Cutting Edge” by Christopher T. Baglow
Crossing the Goal – “a Catholic men’s ministry devoted to supporting and equipping men to stand up and live the life they were called to by their Lord and Savior Jesus Christ,” primarily through programs combining spiritual and physical fitness.
Mental Health Resources
There are many other Catholic mental health professionals available throughout the United States. Please visit CatholicTherapists.com or stjosephslist.org to find a therapist in your area.
The Institute for the Psychological Sciences – IPS offers several certificate programs, including, “Helping and Healing for the Non-Professional,” and “Helping Young People Build Character and Virtue.”
The Institute for Catholic Liberal Education – “The Institute’s mission is to serve and inspire educators by forming them in the unity of faith and reason that is central to spreading the Gospel message in the modern world.”
The National Association of Private Catholic and Independent Schools – NAPCIS is: “an accreditation association, a teacher certification program, a resource agency to assist in the start-up of small schools, a service agency to assist administrators and teachers in the application of Catholic teaching and sound academic principles.”
FOCUS (Fellowship of Catholic University Students) – Isn’t FOCUS for Catholic University students? Yes, but their Bible studies are specifically geared toward young people, and are available for free online. Even if your students aren’t the ‘target audience’ for FOCUS materials, your campus ministers may find these resources useful.
The Vatican International Exhibition "The Eucharistic Miracles of the World"
Dignitas Magazine – An online magazine that promotes authentic femininity as, “witnessed by countless women saints, especially our Mother Mary.” Chastity is a particular focus of this publication.
Radiant Magazine – An online magazine for Catholic women between 15-27 years old that covers topics such as, “health, beauty, politics, love, style and difficult life circumstances.”
Women of Grace – “a Catholic apostolate whose mission is to transform the world one woman at a time by affirming women in their dignity and vocation as daughters of God and in their gift of authentic femininity.”
Women Speak for Themselves – Excellent resource for key women’s issues; originated by Catholic Lawyer, Helen Alvare.
Made In His Image – An engaging website that allows for blogging on an assortment of issues. Its mission is to “begin a dialogue, a discussion, in a safe and compassionate setting, to foster hope and healing, and to empower women to turn from victim to survivor. Ultimately, to provide holistic medical treatment and healing for women suffering from eating disorders, physical, and or sexual abuse, which entails, educating all women on the nature and dignity of the human person, created in the image and likeness of God.”
On the Dignity of Women – Bl. Pope John Paul II’s apostolic letter on the dignity of women.
Letter to Women – Bl. Pope John Paul II’s letter to women.
Feminists for Life – “ Feminists for Life of America recognizes that abortion is a reflection that our society has failed to meet the needs of women. We are dedicated to systematically eliminating the root causes that drive women to abortion — primarily lack of practical resources and support — through holistic, woman-centered solutions. Women deserve better® than abortion. Established in 1972, Feminists for Life of America is a nonsectarian, nonpartisan, grassroots organization that seeks real solutions to the challenges women face. Our efforts are shaped by the core feminist values of justice, nondiscrimination, and nonviolence. Feminists for Life of America continues the tradition of early American feminists such as Susan B. Anthony, who opposed abortion.”
Women for Faith and Family – In September 1984, six St. Louis women gathered around a dining room table to discuss their concern that the US bishops, who had announced their intention to write a pastoral letter on the subject of "women's concerns", might not receive an accurate picture of Catholic women. The women were concerned about the impression given in the media that most Catholic women feel "alienated" from the Church, and dissent from Church teachings on issues ranging from abortion to ordination. They were aware that feminist theology had influenced many women and Catholic leaders. They wanted to do something positive to overcome this distorted image of Catholic women.
They have now concluded on four major goals.
National Council of Catholic Women – The National Council of Catholic Women acts through its members to support, empower and educate all Catholic women in spirituality, leadership and service. NCCW programs respond with Gospel values to the needs of the Church and society in the modern world.
Catholic Daughters of the Americas – Under the patronage of the Blessed Mother, the Catholic Daughters of the Americas are united by their faith in Jesus Christ, in their devotion to the church and the Holy See. The Catholic Daughters of the Americas is one of the oldest and largest organizations of Catholic women in the Americas. They donate to charities, administer scholarship programs and strive “to be helping hands where there is pain, poverty, sorrow or sickness.” The CDA motto is “Unity and Charity.”