Meet the Catholics Who Shaped Our Country, including Fr. Pierre-Jean De Smet, SJ, Friend of “Sitting Bull”

Meet the Catholics Who Shaped Our Country, including Fr. Pierre-Jean De Smet, SJ, Friend of “Sitting Bull”

On the cover of the history textbook The American Venture, students will see a picture of Fr. Pierre-Jean De Smet, S.J. (featured photo in this article).  Outside the Catholic Church, not many people have heard of him. And even among Catholic students and laity, few have heard of him.  Yet Fr. De Smet played a…

Catholic Textbook Project Announces Winners of their Annual History Essay Contest

Catholic Textbook Project Announces Winners of their Annual History Essay Contest

Winners of Catholic Textbook Project’s annual history essay contest for Catholic schools were announced this week. “Thank you to everyone who participated in this year’s history essay contest. We received many excellent entries from parochial, private, and home schools. Choosing the winners is never easy, and it wasn’t this year, either!,” announced Michael Van Hecke, founder and…

ATTN: CATHOLIC SCHOOLS, CATHOLIC EDUCATORS

ATTN: CATHOLIC SCHOOLS, CATHOLIC EDUCATORS

Catholic Business Journal sponsor CATHOLIC TEXTBOOK PROJECT, the creator of superior history textbooks for Catholic students and now used in Catholic schools in more than 100 dioceses and in English-speaking pockets of Catholic schools around the world, has a remarkable offer for Catholic schools only… “I wholeheartedly endorse the Catholic Textbook Project for the Diocese…

Attention Catholic Educators: Classic Learning Test (CLT) assessments for Grades 3–6 are finally here

Attention Catholic Educators: Classic Learning Test (CLT) assessments for Grades 3–6 are finally here

The Institute for Catholic Liberal Education (ICLE) recently announced its enthusiastic support for Classic Learning Test’s summative, end-of-year assessments for young learners in grades 3-6, saying that these assessments meet a great need for Catholic schools and teachers by complementing beautiful, faithful education. Classic Learning Test (CLT) is currently recruiting schools to participate in the…

Being Thankful, Breaking the Poverty Cycle, and Education as a Battleground

Being Thankful, Breaking the Poverty Cycle, and Education as a Battleground

Beginning to think about Christmas gets a power boost as we get into Advent and the four Sundays before Christmas day. Sharing the daily Bible readings of the Mass and the stories in the various daily devotionals we read gets Pat and me in a reflective mood. There is no question that the world changed…

Introducing New Sponsor: The Institute for Catholic Liberal Education

Introducing New Sponsor: The Institute for Catholic Liberal Education

Loyalty to the educational aims of the Catholic school demands constant self-criticismand return to basic principles, to the motives which inspire the Church’s involvement in education. – Sacred Congregation for Education, The Catholic School, n.67 – ICLE—Since the Second Vatican Council, the Church has called for the renewal of Catholic education at all levels, from…

Putting the Catholic back in Catholic Schools

Putting the Catholic back in Catholic Schools

This week is Celebrate Catholic Schools Week across America. Catholic schools enrolled more than 5 million students in the mid-1960s but today just 1.6 million. Many things have contributed to this decline including family economic stress, rising college costs, and other factors. And, of course, massive secularization. The stakes are really high. Now, more than…

VA faith-based groups ask court to reconsider ruling that allows state to ruin them for their beliefs 

NOTE: This lawsuit — objecting to the horrific fines imposed for hiring people aligned with a nonprofit’s principles — directly affects Virginia-based Catholic schools and nonprofits . ALEXANDRIA, Va. – A new lawsuit challenges a Virginia law that forces nonprofit ministries to abandon their core convictions in hiring and other policies or face fines up…

Archbishop Cordileone Named Prior of Historic Order of Catholic Knights

Archbishop Cordileone Named Prior of Historic Order of Catholic Knights

CNA—Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco was recently named the new prior of a historic order of knighthood. Cordileone will serve as principal chaplain to the U.S. delegation of the Sacred Military Constantinian Order of St. George. The Order is an organization of Catholics who prioritize the propagation of the faith and support Catholic education,…

The Revolution in Minnesota’s Schools

The Revolution in Minnesota’s Schools

In the name of ending white supremacy and systemic racism, school districts are indoctrinating students with a new radical vision of American society. In fall 2020, a fourth-grade class in Burnsville read a book that warns students that police are “mean” to black people, but “nice” to white people. “Cops stick up for each other,”…

Ohio mother switches child from public to Catholic school: She’s not alone

Ohio mother switches child from public to Catholic school: She’s not alone

An Ohio mother said Monday that she made a “judgment call” in switching her daughter from public to Catholic school, after coronavirus restrictions made it impossible to virtually teach her children and work her job at the same time. She’s not alone… read more / watch short news video >> Contrary to the National Catholic…

Attention Catholic School Teachers and Homeschoolers: Annual History Essay Contest, Cash Awards

Attention Catholic School Teachers and Homeschoolers: Annual History Essay Contest, Cash Awards

The Annual History Essay Contest, sponsored by the Catholic Textbook Project textbook publishing company, is now underway! All Catholic private, parochial, and homeschool students in grades 4-12 are invited to participate. “It’s a great way for students to sharpen their history and writing skills. Plus, there are prizes for winners and for their schools!” says…

HISTORY: The Past gives valuable Perspective to the Present

HISTORY: The Past gives valuable Perspective to the Present

Popular culture holds a dismissive attitude toward history. Common headlines include “unprecedented times”, “worse than ever”, and “never before.” But how often is that really true? What do we face that is truly without precedent? This mindset—that all things have either escalated or de-escalated, that the present is always somehow more or less than the…

History Matters: Google, Columbus Day and More

History Matters: Google, Columbus Day and More

Today, October 14, is a long-established U.S. national holiday in honor of the Catholic Italian Explorer Christopher Columbus who was the first to discover and bring settlers to the new world of what just a few centuries later became the United States of America. There’s much more to the story that you and I learned…

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