How Catholic Schools Can Lead the Way
in Revitalizing the Church
Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful
and kindle in them the fire of your love.
Prayer to the Holy Spirit
Following the success of his book, Flying in the Face of Tradition: Listening to the Lived Experience of the Faithful, Louis DeThomasis addresses the important role of Catholic education in spreading the Christian message to new generations in new ways. He explains that the Catholic school is "not the Catholic church" and has a function different from the church itself. He proposes the following eight "dynamics" that Catholic schools must follow if they are to remain true to their calling to educate, inspire, and challenge their students in the changing world of the twenty-first century:
• Risk and Invent
• Develop Your Style
• Paradigm This and Imagine That
• See What Might Be Otherwise
• Drink from the same Water, but with a Different Cup
• Uncover and Celebrate What the Shadows Reveal
• Nurture Nature Naturally
Brother Louis DeThomasis, FSC, was president and professor of Interdisciplinary Studies at Saint Mary's University of Minnesota from 1984 to 2005 and is the co-founder and former president of the Christian Brothers Investment Services (CBIS). He is currently the President of CBIS-GLOBAL based in Rome, where he now resides. He is the authors of many books and articles on Christian education and has received much recognition for his lifetime of service to the Church.