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?
When teachers and administrators at Loyola’s Summer Institute for Catholic Educational Leadership compared notes on the topic of “male spirituality,” they discovered that many Catholic men tended to use the same formula when asked to lead a group of their fellow men in prayer:
Before a parish can effectively reach out to a lapsed Catholic, parish leaders must be willing to listen attentively to why he or she left the flock, even if the break was precipitated by something that occurred in their own backyard, said educators charged with brainstorming ways to help non-observant Catholics heal and return to practice of the faith.
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.
Fathers of all types – biological, role models, father figures, coaches – were recognized for making a difference in the lives of children