A Report on the Holy See’s World Congress on Education
By invitation of the Holy See, CTP’s president, Michael Van Hecke, is attending the Holy See’s World Congress on Education. Here is a report from the second day. Please check back for future reports.
“This is a very important work!”
These were the kind and encouraging words we received from the Prefect of the Holy See’s Congregation for Catholic Education, His Eminence Cardinal Giuseppe Versaldi. I met him earlier in the afternoon, then happened upon him in an empty lecture hall, paging through our All Ye Lands book. That was when he told me, “This is a very important work!” He will now take the textbook and our other Catholic Textbook Project materials back to the Vatican offices and review them some more
This was a nice ending to another long day that featured a great variety of speakers on a wide range of topics. The morning sessions were particularly germane to us in our work at the Institute for Catholic Liberal Education, and for me personally as a headmaster. They even were relevant to the Catholic Textbook Project, as our books and their teacher materials help in the formation of teachers. Much of the morning was devoted to outlining the process and importance of forming those who form teachers – college teacher formation programs and headmasters’ building the learning communities in their own schools. What was heartening was the clear and passionate appeal to make a theological and spiritual formation the centerpiece of any formation, be it of educational leaders, teachers, or students.