Today (4/20/17) was the last day of NCEA 2017. Today I started with a session on “Principal as a Missionary Leader.” As an educator and leader in a Catholic school, providing students and the school community with missionary opportunities is a must. We are called to teach students to be missionaries for all and we are to send students out to serve all. I found one statement as profound during this session. The statement was this, “We are all missionaries since we are all baptized.” Being a missionary is a part of our faith. We all need to serve out our calling to be missionaries, and it is the responsibility of the leaders of Catholic education to model how to be a missionary. This session will motivate me to go back to school and be ready to show my students how to serve and to serve with me.
Session 2 for today was “Irresistible Catholic Schools”. Yes, Catholic schools can and should be irresistible. This presentation was a wonderful session to close out my small session portion of NCEA17. Bringing Catholic schools back to Catholicity was so powerful. We need the Catholic aspect of schools to be the main point of Catholic schools. We should not be a school that has religion classes, but rather a religious school that has subjects added to the school. We can only get to this point by developing relationships that are based on religion. When a visitor, parent, or stakeholder enters into the school, that person should immediately recognize that the school is Catholic. The community of the school needs to show clearly that it is Catholic. This is something that I know I will take back to school!
The closing Mass was great! The Liturgical committee of NCEA17 needs to be applauded! They truly did a remarkable job over the past 3 days. As we wrapped up NCEA17, the transition to the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, the host of NCEA18, was started. The Planning Committee for NCEA18 has a lot to do to outdo the Archdiocese of St. Louis!
I am so grateful for the opportunity to be a part of NCEA17. The Social Media Influencer Contest that provided me the chance to attend this event in St. Louis is something that I will carry with me as a Catholic educator. The stories of Catholic education need to be told. We need to tell our successes. We need to tell our experiences and share our faith. NCEA17 motivated me to continue to share my stories and to continue to strengthen my career as a Catholic educator.
Thank you to the entire staff of NCEA that supported me and treated me so well throughout my days in St. Louis. Thank you to all my colleagues that worked with me and shared their stories for me to tell to the world. I am excited to go back to work and continue to share my passion for Catholic education and the Catholic faith!
Now let’s get back to work to share our faith through Catholic education!
“C” you in Cincinnati for NCEA18!