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Today we begin  Catholic Education Week in Ontario. It’s an opportunity to celebrate the contribution which our Catholic schools make to our students, to our communities and to our Province of Ontario. Our schools make a difference. By helping young people integrate Gospel values into the ordinary moments of their lives, a Catholic education forms mature women and men who can play a vital role in building our Ontario community.

Thanks to our teachers, educators, staff, families and parishes that come together to educate and form our children. Together we can proclaim God’s Good News for all!


  1. A woman friend of mine is a teacher at the Catholic high school. She’s a faithful practicing Catholic and is the gentlest soul you would ever meet. Yet she’s a pariah among the staff of teachers. The staff at this “Catholic” school regard her as an extremist because she says grace in the lunchroom, a bigot because of her interest in Church history and a “homophobe” because she believes marriage is reserved for a man and a woman as the bible and Church declares. Basically, she’s not “one of them” and thus she’s very isolated and alone among her colleagues. Catholic Education Week should begin with facing reality: namely, the weak, heterodox or non-existent faith among so many of its teaching staff. That would be first step.

  2. This is so true. I’ve seen it myself. I’ve also seen that there are also many, many deeply faithful Catholics among our teachers, principals and support staff. One of the challenges is that young people come to the parish asking for “pastoral recommendations” from Pastors. It’s an often difficult situation because with parishes being so large, we often don’t know every parishioners personally. There are some candidates for teaching positions about whom we don’t know much. However, we also may not know anything that should keep them from getting a position in the school.
    Another issue, that I’ve had to contend with, is knowing how to interact with other teachers, who may not have developed their faith to the same degree. Being faithful to the faith while not seeming “superior” to the others is a fine balance that is needed.

  3. With apologies, I am using a pseudonym.

    I can tell you Friar Rick, there’s lots of strange theology going on at the Catholic school board, probably well beyond Toronto too. Your little ones next door at St. Bonnie’s would be angels compared to what is happening in the secondary schools. I too know a young teacher, in his late 20’s, bright, Knight of Columbus, good Catholic man; he told me that if he could get the kids out of grade 11 at least being agnostic, he figures it would be an accomplishment. That’s a sad testimony. It seems that after they are “confirmed” it’s all over. How many kids at the school next to your parish? Where are they and their parents on Sunday…it’s a real problem.

  4. The post was edited because of length. Also, this is the last time I am approving comments that do not contain the person’s name. One exception out of respect for the good commentator.

  5. Hi Fr. Rick

    The only thing Catholic about Catholic school’s is the name and the crucifix on the wall. I’m the product of Catholic education and all I can say I came away with was hearing the story of David and Goliath and learning a whole lot of cheesy folk songs.
    I eventually left the faith and had to learn everything from a Baptist convert. I’m told by Catholic parents that if you want your children not to hate the church send them to the public school. That way they don’t learn any religion and it won’t undue your work at home.
    I could go on with stories I’ve heard but I’m sure we’ve all heard something similar. Our schools need to be overhauled and need standards put in place. We can’t force the teachers to believe but at least teach what they are supposed to teach. Its unfortunate about the friends of Adrienne and Antonious. They really are doing God’s work and suffering for it. May their witness be a light to others.


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