"Offered in a Spirit of partnership and communion in mission” - Br David Hall
Dear friends and colleagues in Catholic education
This is the first of what will be a series of communications from the La Salle Academy, Office of the Vice President.
We plan to report on some of La Salle’s happenings and activities, offered in a spirit of partnership and communion in mission. As the lines above suggest, our focus is mission, communion and dialogue, and this effort is part of a host of formal and informal exchanges across Faith Formation, Religious Education and Educational Leadership. My thanks to Fr Anthony Casamento csma (Vice President, Identity and Mission) for the encouragement to advance our communication, and to our Academy staff for taking up the challenge. Our first effort is just that – an early attempt to draw together some items of significance and to begin to build a network of support and dialogue.
Your comments, now and into the future, on sharing and critiquing information and processes would be most welcome. Our hope is to release three editions annually, aligning with the start of school terms 2, 3 and 4. This first effort welcomes and acts as a beginning to the challenge.
With every blessing
Professor Br David Hall FMS
Michael T Buchanan
Associate Professor Michael T Buchanan lectures and researches in religious education and educational leadership. He has worked closely with several dioceses to advance the development and formation of educators for Catholic schools. In recent times he has contributed to the formation of leaders and aspiring leaders for Catholic Education Melbourne in the role of Course Leader of the Master of Leadership program. His research for the Sale Diocese underpinned the policy reform which reconceptualised the role of religious education leaders within the diocese. He is looking forward to serving on the RE Review Committee for the Sandhurst Diocese. Michael has forged a significant research agenda which is evidenced by a long list of national and international publications pertaining to religious education and leadership in faith-based schools. He supports the Higher Degree Research agenda in the role of leading mentor for the supervision of doctoral students. Michael is the immediate past editor of Religious Education Journal of Australia and holds honorary positions at the University of Malta and York St John University, UK. He is currently working on his next publication Global Perspectives on Catholic Religious Education Volume II: Learning and Leading in a Pluralist World.
Educating to Fraternal Humanism
At the Catholic Leadership International Symposium reported on elsewhere in this newsletter, reactions and insights were shared on the latest Holy See document on Catholic education, Educating to Fraternal Humanism (EFH) (Congregation for Catholic Education, 2017). Acclaimed for its inclusiveness and outreach, the guidelines convey a mission for Catholic education, particularly in light of Vatican II. The call is to educate through a culture of dialogue with the world. Released against a canvas of the insights and challenges of Populorum Progressio, Pope Paul VI in 1967, the vision for Catholic education draws from foundations in faith, while grounded in the signs of the times. EFH speaks to the vision of Catholic education in building a civilisation of love through a perspective on what it means to be fully human. “Humanising education means putting the person at the centre of education, in a framework of relationships that make up a living community, which is interdependent and bound to a common destiny. This is fraternal humanism” (EFH: 7).
Undergraduate review of RE units
The working party that convened to review units in the BEd Primary program has tabled preliminary findings and is ready for wider consultation within and beyond ACU. As convenor of the review, Professor Br David Hall has expressed his appreciation to Associate Professor Patrick McArdle and committee for their leadership and has offered an assurance of a continuing, timely, and comprehensive review of the six units and the options for specialisation. The sequence has as its focus the goals of educators ‘knowing what they are teaching’, engaging students in process of that integrate faith, life and culture, and competencies to lead students in the ‘life of the faith’ through witness. The message of the working party is one of ‘more to follow’ sustained by engagement and with the goal for teachers in formation to be ‘teachers of what it means to be fully human’.
International Conference on Catholic Religious Education
Together with Associate Professor Adrian Gellel from the University of Malta, Associate Professor Michael Buchanan is the co-founder and co-chair of the International Conference on Catholic Religious Education in Schools. The first conference was held in Malta in early February 2018. It was initiated in response to the overwhelming success of their co-edited collection, Global Perspectives on Catholic Religious Education in Schools. Conference papers based on current research from more than 25 countries was presented by approximately 120 international religious education scholars from all the inhabited continents of the world. With support and sponsorship from the La Salle Academy and the Maltese Ministry for Education and Employment, Associate Professor Buchanan and Associate Professor Adrian-Mario Gellel have forged an ongoing collegial engagement between Australian Catholic University and the University of Malta to advance dialogue and research pertaining to the enhancement of Catholic religious education throughout the world. With strong representation from Australia, the impact of the first International Conference on Catholic Religious Education in Schools is certain to flow into Catholic schools across Australia.
Catholic Leadership International Symposium
Prof. Br David Hall, Dean, La Salle Academy; Prof. Geraldine Castleton, ACU, Deputy Dean Faculty of Education and Arts; Dr Roisin Coll, University of Glasgow, Scotland; Sr. M. Paul McCaughey O.P., De Paul University, Chicago, USA; Prof. Gerald Cattaro, Fordham University, New York, USA; Dr John Lydon, St Mary’s University, Twickenham, London, UK; Prof. Michael Sampson, Dean, School of Education, St. John’s University, New York, USA; Prof. Teresa O’Doherty, Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick, Ireland; Dr Gareth Byrne, Institute of Education, Dublin City University, Dublin, Ireland; Dr Christopher Branson, ACU Prof. of Educational Leadership, Director of Catholic Leadership Studies, La Salle Academy; Prof. Peta Goldburg, ACU, Director, Postgraduate Studies, Faculty of Education and Arts.
On 14 November 2017, ACU’s Faculty of Education and Arts Leadership hosted a global symposium to engage with international and national leaders and researchers. It was an opportunity to collaborate about the nature, practice and formation of contemporary Catholic school leadership in order to develop a critical and integrated understanding of school leadership in a globalised world.
Keynote Speakers: Dr Paul Sharkey, Director of Catholic Education Services Catholic Education Melbourne and Professor Gerald Cattaro, Fordham University, New York, USA.
International Speakers: Dr John Lydon, St Mary’s University, Twickenham, London, UK; Professor Teresa O’Doherty, Mary Immaculate College, Limerick, Ireland; Sr. M. Paul McCaughey O.P., De Paul University, Chicago, USA; Dr Roisin Coll, University of Glasgow, Scotland; Professor Michael Sampson, St John’s University, New York, USA; and Dr Gareth Byrne, Dublin City University, Dublin, Ireland.
Discussants: Dr Doug Ashleigh, Catholic Education Office, Brisbane, Dr Michael Bezzina, Sydney Catholic Schools, Mrs Sue Walsh, Director System Learning, CEDP, Catholic Education, Diocese of Parramatta and Associate Professor Bill Sultmann, Deputy Dean, La Salle Academy.
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