Parents of school-age children often are brought back to the faith through their kids, making it vital for school and parish leaders to look for ways to widen this natural gateway, said Catholic educators at Loyola’s Summer Institute for Catholic Educational Leadership.
How do you get high school juniors to see the sacrament of confirmation not as a graduation from faith, but as a thrilling new chapter in their lives as Catholic young adults?
A familiar concept was reinforced in spades at Loyola University’s three-day Summer Institute for Catholic Educational Leadership: For Catholic educators to be the most effective evangelizers they can be, they must first be rooted in prayer themselves and be forever seeking the Holy Spirit’s guidance as they minister to the young people in their care.
With jobs, the demands of raising children and relentless technology consuming modern family life, getting adults to attend parish programming can be a tough sell, no matter how engaging the content.
But invite whole families to attend – and offer them the convenience of a ready-made meal – and they will come.