Church Document Series

Catholic School Matters: Church Document Study Podcast Series

As part of the Catholic School Matters partnership between NCEA and Dr. Tim Uhl, superintendent of Montana Catholic Schools, the Church Document Study Podcast explores Church documents pertaining to Catholic schools. Through a series of 14 podcasts, Catholic educators will familiarize themselves with the documents by placing them together and using the podcast format to share the learning.

The Podcast Study Series will begin on October 30th and will be released every Monday in order to conclude on January 22, 2018. However, the series will remain available on iTunes and wherever you can find podcasts. It can also be found here or on the Catholic School Matters web page.

A note from podcast host, Dr. Tim Uhl: I highly recommend you read each of the 12 selected Church documents first before listening to the corresponding podcast. Don’t set out to read all of them at once! Read one and then listen to the pertinent podcast. You’ll find that the podcasts build on the foundations of the earlier podcasts. This series could work well as an independent study course or as a PLC.

Of course, there are more church documents than are presented here. The Cardinal Newman Society provides a nice annotated bibliography and the Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) also provides a nice overview. Aquinas College also has a great resource page as does the USCCB.

I recommend purchasing At the Heart of the Church: Selected Documents of Catholic Education. You can order the book here. However, I have provided hyperlinks for the documents below.

Podcast #5: The Catholic School: November 27, 2017

Document: The Catholic School. Please read this before listening to the podcast.

Guest: Sr. Elizabeth Anne Allen, OP

Sr. Elizabeth Anne Allen, OP, Director of the Center for Catholic Education at Aquinas College in Nashville, uses the Church documents as the heart of professional development sessions for Catholic educators and for formation of teacher candidates.

Relevant Documents:

Study Guide: Produced by Dr. Tim Uhl


Podcast #6: Lay Catholics in Schools: Witnesses to Faith: December 4, 2017

Document: Lay Catholics in Schools. Please read this before listening to the podcast.

Guests: Tom McDonald and Tom Schutte, both lay high school theology teachers with a lifetime of past experience in Catholic schools.

Tom McDonald, who has taught religion in Catholic schools for over 15 years, joins the podcast to discuss the impact of lay Catholics. Tom Schutte, now entering his 25th year teaching theology at O’Dea High School in Seattle, joins his friend Tom McDonald to add his insight.

Relevant Documents:

Study Guide: Produced by Dr. Tim Uhl​​


Podcast #7: Religious Dimension of Education in a Catholic School: December 11, 2017

Document: Religious Dimension of Education in a Catholic School. Please read this before listening to the podcast.

Guest: John Galvan, Director of Schools in the Diocese of San Diego

John Galvan, the dynamic and thoughtful Director of Schools in the Diocese of San Diego, joins the podcast to discuss this important Vatican document and explore the ways Church teachings are evolving.

Relevant Documents:

Study Guide: Produced by Dr. Tim Uhl


Podcast #8: In Support of Catholic Elementary and Secondary Schools: December 18, 2017

Document: In Support of Catholic Elementary and Secondary Schools. Please read this before listening to the podcast.

Guest: Dr. Kevin Baxter, Superintendent of Schools for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles

Dr. Kevin Baxter, the Superintendent of Schools for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, adds remarkable insight to the US Bishops document from 1990.

Relevant Documents:

Study Guide: Produced by Dr. Tim Uhl


Podcast #9: Principles for Education Reform in the United States: December 25, 2017

Document: Principles for Education Reform in the United States. Please read this before listening to the podcast.

Guest: Sr. Mary Grace Walsh, Secretary for Education in the Archdiocese of Hartford.

Sr. Mary Grace Walsh, the Provost for Education, Evangelization and Catechesis in the Archdiocese of Hartford, helps explore the meaning and impact for the US Bishops efforts to insert themselves into the national debate on education in 1994.

Study Guide: Produced by Dr. Tim Uhl

 

 

Church Document Study Podcast Series Archive

Study Guide Podcast 5
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Study Guide Podcast 6
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Study Guide Podcast 7
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Study Guide Podcast 8
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Study Guide Podcast 9
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