Sep. 1, 2010
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Catholic Education: A Vital Part of Catholic Life

Around the U.S., families are in "back-to-school mode." Summer vacations have wound up; stores are stocked with school supplies. Most school systems, including our own Catholic schools, begin around this time, so by now teachers are welcoming students back to the classroom.

This time of year conjures up all kinds of memories for me: warm late-summer or early-autumn days; being back in a freshly painted classroom; the smell of new books; meeting new teachers; moving to a new grade or perhaps a new school altogether.

There's a special energy in a school as the year starts. So much of our lives revolves around that old rhythm! It's part of my life, as I'm pastor of a small, inner-city school. We've already been in session for a couple of weeks. There's a "fresh-slate" kind of feeling, a sense that we can do great things this coming year.

American Catholic Radio's September 6 program deals with Catholic education on a couple of levels. Week by week, of course, we offer ongoing education in our faith. We hope we're filling a need for faith formation in our Catholic media community.

Education has always been a vital component of Catholic life in the U.S. I always tell people that our school is one of the most important things we do as a Christian community in the inner-city. I don't have solutions for unemployment or drug traffic or violence. But helping young people recognize their God-given dignity; sharing them God's hopes and dreams—now that's something we Catholics understand. We know the timeless Biblical texts of covenant and promise. We can introduce our children to Jesus and his stories of love and forgiveness.

The challenge, of course, is to do this in creative ways, true to the Church's mission—as teachers, staff, pastor. I love visiting the school, talking to kids and supporting our hardworking staff. Most of all, I enjoy each Friday, leading a service and helping our students understand just how special each of them is, because God made them that way.

I pray, for all Catholic educators at all levels who are re-dedicating themselves to this rewarding task for another year: May God teach us new things this year! And may each family and student come to grow in God's love through the great work of our Catholic schools!

Father Greg Friedman, O.F.M.
American Catholic Radio: Upcoming Episodes (#10-37 , #10-38)
Use the links below to preview the shows or download them in MP3 format for broadcast.
Highlights from this episode include:

Living Faith
Producer Judy Zarick interviews Fiona Corner, a student at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon, who was recently chosen as the Western Region Chairperson for the NCSC, National Catholic Student Coalition. Fiona proudly lives out her Catholic faith at a secular college.

Ask a Franciscan
Franciscan Fr. Don Miller, O.F.M., answers questions: Are pain and suffering always redemptive? May an adult see a favorably reviewed R-rated movie even though it contains sexual scenes?

Marriage Moment
The Catholic Church in the United States is making marriage a priority, with a multi-year Pastoral Initiative to explore what sacramental married life means for the Church and for society. ACR's "Marriage Moment" features Commentator Susan Hines-Brigger, Assistant Managing Editor of St. Anthony Messenger. Susan writes the "Faith-Filled Family" column for the magazine. She and her husband Mark have been married almost 15 years, and have four children, with infant Kacey born in August. Susan's topic: "Don't Forget to Laugh."

Exploring Our Faith
The "Cristo Rey" concept of Catholic high-school education was developed in the mid-'90s in the Chicago area. In this unique model, students combine workplace experience with classroom eduction. Producer John Feister's guest is Jesuit Father John P. Foley. He served as the first president of Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in Chicago from 1996-2004. He is currently the Executive Chairman of the Cristo Rey Network since 2007; from 2005-2007 he was the Network's president. Father Foley is a former missionary in Peru, where he worked primarily in education. Father Foley talks about how the Cristo Rey movement contributes to the goals of Catholic education.
Highlights from this episode include:

Living Faith
Producer Judy Zarick interviews Deacon Jack Sullivan. A simple prayer changed his life, curing him of a debilitating back injury. Deacon Jack says that he was healed through the intercession of Cardinal John Henry Newman, who will be beatified this month.

Ask a Franciscan
Franciscan Fr. Dan Kroger, OFM answers questions: May a divorced Catholic enter a religious community? What is the meaning of Mary's title "Our Lady of Seven Dolors"?

Marriage Moment
ACR's "Marriage Moment" welcomes Commentator Roy Petitfils, a counselor in Broussard, Louisiana, at Pax Renewal Center for Individual, Marriage and Family Therapy. He writes an internationally syndicated column, "Our Young Church" and is a sought-after consultant, facilitator and retreat leader. He's the author of What I Wish Someone Had Told Me About the First Five Years of Marriage, published by St. Anthony Messenger Press. Roy lives with his wife, Mindi, and two sons in Youngsville, Louisiana. His topic today is "Time Is Not the Problem."

Exploring Our Faith
John Feister's guest is Franciscan Fr. Patrick McCloskey, OFM. He is currently the Editor-in-Chief of St. Anthony Messenger, a post he's held since 2002. Father Pat also worked in the Franciscans' world headquarters in Rome from 1985-92. He's the author or editor of many books, most notably the best-selling Saint of the Day: Lives, Lessons and Feasts, from St. Anthony Messenger Press, now in its sixth revision. This month's issue of St. Anthony Messenger features a cover story by Fr. Pat on Cardinal John Henry Newman's beatification. Fr. Pat discusses the ongoing significance of Newman's writings, some of which eventually led to Vatican II.
 
 
Franciscan Radio
Link to audio features Saint of the Day, Sunday Soundbites, and American Catholic Radio.
American Catholic Radio
A weekly half-hour catechetical program, in the popular style of the Franciscans.
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