Owning Faith Identity as Catholic Teachers

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Justin McClain

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This week, we hear from Justin McClain, teacher of Theology at Bishop McNamara High School in Forrestville, Maryland, on owning the faith identity as a Catholic teacher. Justin speaks on how important the interior, spiritual life must be to the Catholic teacher and how they can display this faith to their students. Justin also speaks on how he avoids burnout and the role of the Holy Spirit in the life of the Catholic teacher and the Catholic Student

0:00 – Intro

7:05 – Discerning your Vocation

10:09 – Creating times for prayer for students

14:54 – How do you experience the concept of vocation in your own life?

20:41 – What sustains you and keeps you from burning out?

24:44 – How does the Holy Spirit work in the life of a Catholic Teacher?

30:26 – Owning our faith identity

38:39 – A vision of what’s possible for young people spiritually

44:54 – What is the most rewarding part of your vocation?

48:36 – What can teachers do to thrive in Catholic education?   

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Mentioned in this Podcast:

11:36 – Robert Cardinal Sarah – The Power of Silence: https://www.amazon.com/Power-Silence-Against-Dictatorship-Noise/dp/1621641910

36:09 – Word on Fire Podcast: http://wordonfireshow.com/

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Going Deeper is a weekly online staff formation formation program in Catholic identity and Catholic teaching on education. It inspires, educates and challenges every Catholic teacher to deepen in their personal faith and knowledge of Catholic teaching so they can fulfil their noble vocation within the great mission of Catholic education.