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NC Catholic Educators Convene in Raleigh

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Twelve hundred educators from the Diocese of Raleigh and the Diocese of Charlotte gathered in the state capital November 9-10 for the North Carolina Catholic Schools Conference. This year’s theme was “Partnering in Catholic Education: The Key to Success.” Workshops included sessions on “Wired Kids: Youth, Technology and the Implications for Schools”; “Supporting Students with Special Needs”; “Spirit of Service and Mercy in Catholic Schools”; and “Service Projects: Beneficial and Fun!”

The keynote speaker was Father Michael J. Garanzini, S.J., President of Loyola University Chicago (photo at right). A professor of Psychology, Father Garanzini spoke of the importance of building solid collaboration between home and school.

Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge celebrated the Conference Mass on November 9, the Feast of the Dedication of the Basilica of Saint John Lateran, the Cathedral of the Diocese of Rome, where the Pope presides. In pointing out that the Basilica is the “head and mother of the Church in the world,” Bishop Burbidge said, the celebration of the feast day “reminds us we are not alone in our work as Catholic educators. We are partners.”

“The Dedication of Saint John Lateran,” the Bishop added, “also helps us to remember that we are united as the Body of Christ and, as Saint Paul tells us, are all temples of God in whom the Spirit dwells.”

Bishop Burbidge thanked the educators for their commitment to provide quality instruction and excellence in education rooted in the Gospel and the teachings of the Church. “We pray that with God’s grace you will be effective partners in the mission of the Church and master builders who provide your students with the Foundation that will sustain them all the days of their lives.

Above: Catholic educators from the Dioceses of Raleigh and Charlotte attending the North Carolina Catholic Schools Conference held at Raleigh Convention Center.

Below: Father Michael J. Garanzini, S.J., President of Loyola University Chicago, presenting session on Building Home-School Collaboration.