Catholic Schools & Labor
The Catholic School: A Community of Faith
“The Catholic school is best described as a community of faith, formed by gospel values, whose purpose is service to others. To be a community of faith whose members are united by the very Spirit of God into a “unique fellowship,” the school must be consciously and publicly guided in all its actions by the teachings and the spirit of Jesus. Not only is this true of all individuals associated with the school in any way, it is also true of all groups and organizations related to the school.
“In this community, it is fitting and, indeed, necessary that the question of teacher organization be approached, not in a negative or adversarial way, but in an atmosphere of trust and understanding. There is no intrinsic reason to fear the consequences of a teacher organization established according to the wishes of the teacher employees. The very fact that a Catholic school is called to be a community of faith should persuade the administration to accept and welcome employee initiative in this regard.”
(Teacher Organizations in Catholic Schools – A Report: USCC Subcommittee on Teachers, September 15, 1977)
In this section of the web site you will find materials that address some of the issues which may face teachers in our Catholic School system. It is our hope that this information will assist both school employees and school administrators to better understand our Catholic Social Justice Tradition as it relates to Catholic Schools.
- Dorothy Day’s Continuing Relevance: A talk by Professor David L. Gregory (The points made in this article reflect those presented by Professor Gregory at the the 2003 National Association of Catholic School Teachers Convention)