What is Being Catholic?
Each year I have the privilege of working with so many fantastic catholic schools here and overseas. Day in and day out I meet committed Catholic educators and leaders who are keeping alive the great goals and mission of Catholic Education. Our schools are special places. I am just constantly amazed at the deep passion and enthusiasm so many teachers, administrators and support staff have for the service of young people.
Over the last 50 years the huge change in the balance between religious and lay staff now means that less than 10 percent of Catholic staff have formal theological qualifications. Coupled with this important statistic is the fact that wider social changes mean that an increasing number of Catholic schools often have many staff who may not have come from a Catholic background. However, they are almost always what John Paul II called, “people of goodwill” – they are good people who care a lot about what happens to young people.
As such, Being Catholic exists to serve the needs of two diverse groups of people who serve within Catholic Education. Firstly, it hopes to provide Catholic teachers and leaders with an ongoing and deeper insight into the great panorama of Catholic thought and teaching on many issues. It seeks to help them draw deeper inspiration, edification and motivation from the Church’s teaching. Secondly, it seeks to provide those staff who may not have grown up within the Catholic tradition with a simple and accessible resource for learning a little more each month about the great adventure they have embarked upon.
For many years I have had a favorite saying, “The Catholic Church has the greatest product in the world with the worst marketing department!” Being Catholic seeks to change that reality with great articles from great writers at the forefront of Catholic Education. The great vision of reaching young people wherever they are is ancient and ever new. It is that long tradition to which we are heirs and authors…let’s continue the journey.
Founding editor – Jonathan E Doyle B.Ed (Sec Spec)MLMEd
Academic and Theological Qualifications
Jonathan holds a Bachelors Degree in Education from the University of Canberra, a Master’s Degree in Education from the University of Newcastle and is currently completing a second Master’s Degree in Theology (Marriage and Family Studies) from the John Paul II Pontifical Institute for Studies on Marriage and the Family.
Jonathan was recently granted an Imprimatur and Nihil Obstat by the Most Rev. Bishop Anthony Fisher for his curriculum development work within the Diocese of Parramatta.
Karen holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from the University of Canberra and is currently completing a second Master’s Degree in Theology (Marriage and Family Studies) from the John Paul II Pontifical Institute for Studies on Marriage and the Family. She is a former member of the National Executive of ACNFP and her books on Theology of the Body and The Feminine Genius are published by Pauline Media in the United States.