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If I could find a way, Going Deeper would be required for the 208 elementary schools in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. The schools that do use this exciting, relevant program give nothing by positive reviews. What a blessing for principals and pastors to be able to provide quick, witty, and authentic faith formation, geared precisely for Catholic school faculties in the comfort of the school each week of the school year!

- Ms. Carmen J. Vadillo-Garcia Assistant Superintendent , Archdiocese of Los Angeles

Holy Cross Catholic School, Henderson is certainly among your No. 1 fans for the GOING DEEPER online faith formation for teachers in Catholic Schools.  I know the Holy Spirit certainly has a hand in directing you to us.


We use GOING DEEPER every Monday morning at 8.00 am for our Staff prayer, reflection and weekly guidance before we begin our Admin meeting. It forms a very important part of our spiritual weekly faith walk.

Thank you again for all the work that you do to evangelise to us the Good News of Jesus Christ. We will continue to pray for you and your family in your ministry.


Barbara Stepanic
Director of Religious Studies

Participating as a whole school staff with the Going Deeper program has given us all a common starting point for discussion and the sharing of our faith. We have learned about and been supported in our beliefs that we are vital to the development of those children in our care; spiritually, emotionally, physically and academically. I would recommend this program highly as a wonderful addition to any schools prayer/faith life.

- Terese Wandek, Our Lady Of Grace School

Hi Jonathan,

I am so grateful that I found the Going Deeper series to use as part of our faculty catechetical formation program.  The features I like best about the program are that it’s authentically Catholic, presented in a modern, up to date style and fits in perfectly with the structure of our weekly faculty meetings.

Danielle Colvert (Principal), Good Shepherd School Beverley Hills California

"Our staff have gathered to watch our last session as a group for the year.
I would like to pass on our thanks to you and your team for the Going Deeper programme.

 It's a big success from our point of view and has helped us refine, rethink and renew.

Great growth in understandings, teachings and faith for individuals as well as the group."

Detta Fairweather, Director of Religious Studies NZ

Just sitting here as a management team talking about how wonderful the resource is. Great presenting and very engaging.

We have found that starting with the reflection then clip and then reflecting again is what works for us.

Annette Woodnut, St. Ignatius School New Zealand

Hi Jonathan


Yes all going well!  All the staff members have been issued with folders to put their staff reflection and personal reflection sheets in. We are doing the ‘Going Deeper’ programme every Monday and it forms the basis of our staff prayer time together. This used to be 15 mins but we have allocated an extra 15 minutes so that we can get through all the discussion the programme seems to engender.


Last week we were still there 45 mins later!! We have decided to set aside an additional meeting once a month to make sure that we can  fully discuss the issues raised. This is no hardship for us – we are all enjoying having the chance to explore our faith in greater depth than in the past.


Thank you for all the work you have done in putting the programme together – I sense it is going to be one of the most fruitful and relevant PD programmes we have done together as a staff.


Kind Regards


Jane

Jane Reddish Principal, St. Pius School

Following on from our Diocesan wide, staff faith enrichment event, the timing of Going Deeper could not be more profound or relevant for our staff.  For too long, teachers of all subjects within Catholic schools have felt the need to leave the hard questions posed by inquisitive students to “Religion” teachers.  In a Catholic school, we are all called to be Witnesses to the faith and hence should all be such teachers.  What Jonathan and Karen have compiled here is a succinct, engaging and thorough package that arms all teaching and ancillary staff in our schools with the necessary knowledge and confidence to answer those questions and provides the opportunity to enhance their own faith formation.  Thanks!

Scott Thomson Assistant Principal, St. Mary's Catholic College

The "Going Deeper" program is a gold mine for staff who are in need of nuggets of formation each week. Each session is easy to engage in with reflection sheets that allow all participants to use as much or as little as they like.

The program is also valuable for middle leaders who are required to generate PD / accreditation material. Each week the material can be used as a precursor or focal point for RE based sessions.

- Paul Rayner - AP Mission and Staff Wellbeing, St. Mary's Catholic College

I wanted to take the opportunity to thank you for the wonderful “Going Deeper” resource. I and a number of teachers have found it most helpful and so easy to use. It is easy to forget what our core purpose is when we are faced with so much to do in our busy schools. Your resources are easy to access and clear in their message which is just what we all need from time to time.

Steve Casni - Director of Mission, St. Dominic's College

Each week's topic is presented in a thought-provoking, yet easy to access format. The video is accompanied by a reflection page that allows you to go further with your thinking. It has become a pivotal part of our on-going staff formation in preparation for a much bigger school catholic audit we will conduct over the next year.

Michael O'Brien - Vice Rector (Formation), Padua College
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Wow!! I am impressed!! Today I was in the city for a PD on Prayer, but I emailed ALL staff with the link last  night and allocated our Curriculum co-ordinator to present the video and Journal Reflection task tonight at our Staff Meeting.


Our Principal also endorsed the program and encouraged everyone to participate fully. I left a personal folder for each staff member to store reflections in as they work through videos. Tonight I have spoken to a staff member who said it all went well and was a good video; not heavy, confronting or demanding, but very thought provoking.


So your good news is fantastic, as that was the main concern at our end. Many thanks for your constant contact and assistance. Looking forward to seeing how this all goes, and the impact it has on our staff. I will monitor it closely and send you any feedback.

- Eileen White, St. Joseph's School

The Going Deeper staff program has been an invaluable asset to not only our Religious Education department, but also to our wider staff. It has a variety of uses and has allowed the staff at the college to engage in the important discussions around our central role as Catholic school educators. The short clips, prayer and journal options allow a range of resources and strategies to be used. A great program and one that is being well received amongst our staff.

Aaron McDonald, St. Paul's College

“We committed to ‘Going Deeper’ within our Catholic Identity Team meetings to further enhance the capacity to engage in authentic dialogue to assist in exemplary planned and purposefully contemporary learning within Religious Education thus nurture strong Catholic identity.” The resource is rich and relevant in its design and very accessible to team members on a weekly basis.

Anne Berradinelli, Thomas Carr College

We use the Going Deeper videos at our weekly staff meetings. The short clips engaging and informative. The content explored on these clips would usually only be covered through tertiary studies or PD days. The fact that we hear and discuss ideas such as Catholic teaching as a vocation on a weekly basis serves to raise our awareness of the great privilege and responsibility we have been given as Catholic school teachers.

Luke Wilson, St. Mary's Primary

We use going deeper as re pd before our professional development meetings each week.  They are perfect for keeping the special character of our school in the forefront of our minds.

Thank you

Suzanne Downey, St. Joseph's School New Zealand

Hello Jonathan, this week's video and reflection questions were just right for our staff- they enjoyed the moments of fun and seemed to take in more of the main ideas from the video. And the reflection questions about community really challenged them. Thank you.

Kathleen Joblin, St. Thomas More School

We have been using this amazing resource since its beginning and have found it to be a real gem. Each week is concise and encouraging. Ever aware of the demands of our time, Jonathan and Karen invite us to go deeper with the various dimensions of a Catholic Education in the 21st century. The added advantage is the additional mp3 file, the personal journal and the staff discussion PDF that are an integral part of each week’s edition. Already, we have found it to be a great tool for bringing a common vision and purpose that enhance our Religious Studies Department. Whether you have a little spare time or a lot, you won’t be disappointed with this resource. Top marks to Jonathan and the team at Going Deeper.

Rev Father John Greally, St. Partrick's College

The series is so accessible – brief, a couple of key points made …

The reflection sheets are a wonderful way to take one’s thinking a bit further.

I particularly liked last week’s challenge of taking time out in a sacred space – a lovely invitation during Lent. Thank you for this resource – you have filled a void.

Mark Oski, De La Salle College

Thanks so much for the link. I've watched the video and it is PERFECT for what we are doing at the staff meeting this afternoon. It is like we had it tailor made. I'm sure that the staff will be challenged and hopefully inspired by it. I'm off to buy a new journal today to keep the reflection sheets in. 

Geraldine Goode, Holy Spirit School

Thank you for checking in with me.  This past Friday, we actually watched the first two videos.  We are now looking forward to our Week 3.  I need to say that the videos and subsequent discussion were healing and helped us to focus on our role as catechists and Catholic educators, not just teachers.


I cannot overemphasise how much just this short amount of time focusing on the first two videos helped the faculty move forward from the situation with clarity, vision and faith.  I am grateful for the series, because even though it is not the intention of the program to bring "healing", the first two videos did that for us.  My entire faculty is now looking forward to watching the 3rd video together and each teacher is taking the initiative to be the discussion leader for each week.


In short, very positive comments about the start of the series!  Please know that I have also shared my thoughts and comments with other principals and Archdiocesan personnel here in LA.

 

Mary B. Blair, St. Euphrasia School Los Angeles

I find your video series excellent.  They present solid theology and follow a progression of ideas that I find logical and important.  I am very happy with the material I've seen thus far....keep spreading God's word!

 

Deacon Harrold Salahubb, Prince Albert Catholic School Division - Canada
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