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Dr. Kathleen CepelkaDr. Kathleen Cepelka, Ph.D, superintendent of Catholic schools for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee,  has spent more than 40 years serving Catholic schools in various capacities. She oversees 15 secondary and 92 elementary schools in the 10-county Archdiocese of Milwaukee.

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To Teach As Jesus Did

A monthly blog from Dr. Kathleen Cepelka focusing on issues related to Catholic schools, principals, teachers and administration.


 

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Catholic Schools Week 2018

Forty-four years ago, in 1974, Catholic Schools Week was established by the National Catholic Educational Association as an opportunity to celebrate the value of Catholic education, not just to the Church, but to society as a whole. I remember that first Catholic Schools Week well. At the time, I was teaching literature and religion to 7th and 8th graders, directing the school’s plays, coaching girls’ basketball, and serving as a substitute cheerleading moderator and Girl Scout leader.

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It’s “Back to School” for Catholic Schools

Perhaps no other time of year evokes the mixed emotions that “back to school” does for all segments of our society. Come July 4th—or even earlier, it seems, each year—teachers, parents, administrators, and students begin to experience competing feelings of anticipation and anxiety, eagerness and dread, and the conflicting desires to “get ready” for what’s ahead and also to withdraw back into summer.

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Catholic Schools and the Saints of January

As we begin a new year and the run-up to Catholic Schools Week at the end of January, it strikes me as more than coincidental that, during this same month, we’re brought face-to-face with at least four saints with a significant connection to Catholic schools.

 

On January 4 we celebrated the feast of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton (1774 – 1821), the founder of Catholic education in the United States. After her husband’s death from tuberculosis, she accepted the invitation from a priest in Baltimore to start a school in his parish and went on to found the Sisters of Charity of St. Joseph. With her canonization in 1975, Mother Seton became the first native-born saint of the United States.

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Catholic Educators and the Season for Mercy

For the past twelve months, we have focused on concrete ways to live our faith through the practice of the Spiritual and Corporal Works of Mercy by feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, visiting the sick and imprisoned, and teaching the 31,000 students in our Catholic schools.

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Catholic Schools Week 2015: A Litany of Gratitude

As the Catholic educational community of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, we give thanks to God during this Catholic Schools Week for all the blessings of this privileged ministry to which we have been called. In particular, we are grateful:

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Catholic Schools in the Year of Mercy: Sheltering the Homeless

As I noted in December, during this Jubilee Year of Mercy the Archdiocese of Milwaukee is focusing on a specific Corporal or Spiritual Work of Mercy each month as a special theme for action and reflection.

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Catholic Schools in the Year of Mercy: Feeding the Hungry

This month the Archdiocese of Milwaukee’s focus for the Jubilee Year of Mercy is the Corporal Work of Mercy, “Feeding the Hungry.” As the devastating struggle with hunger and thirst continues, on a worldwide and local basis, we look for ways this month, as Catholic school educators, to alleviate this problem in spiritual, academic, and physical ways.

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Catholic Schools in the Year of Mercy: Visiting the Imprisoned

This month the Archdiocese of Milwaukee’s focus for the Jubilee Year of Mercy is the Corporal Work of Mercy, “Visiting the Imprisoned.” Although this is a work of mercy not easily available for most of us to practice directly, we no doubt will find new ways to think about the imprisoned after viewing this challenging video by Father Ken Omernick, Archdiocesan “Missionary of Mercy”:

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Catholic Schools in the Year of Mercy: Comforting the Afflicted

This month the Archdiocese of Milwaukee’s focus for the Jubilee Year of Mercy is the Corporal Work of Mercy, “Comforting the Afflicted.” Please take a few minutes to watch this fascinating video in which Father Ken Omernick, Archdiocesan “Missionary of Mercy,” describes how learning the “secrets” of others in a mystery writing class impacted his appreciation of the importance of mercy.

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Catholic Schools in the Year of Mercy: Burying the Dead

Every year on Memorial Day, my sisters and I continue our family’s long tradition of visiting the graves of those who’ve gone before us.

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Catholic Schools in the Year of Mercy: “Forgiving 70 x 7 Times”

As the 2015 – 2016 school year ends, we especially appreciate this month’s theme for the Jubilee Year of Mercy in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee: “Forgive Offenses Willingly” and “Bear Wrongs Patiently.”

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Catholic School Educators: Year of Mercy Blessing

Lord Jesus Christ, You are the face of the Father’s mercy to us.

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Catholic Schools in the Year of Mercy: Clothe the Naked

At least since the Fourth of July, stores, catalogues, and online advertisers have been promoting back-to-school specials of every kind. Students and their families, from prekindergarten through high school, are drawn into a culture that directly and indirectly correlates the “right” personal look with acceptance and success. Even in Catholic schools where uniforms are required, it’s almost impossible to deny the role of clothing and style in school life.

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Phone numbers

Janelle Luther: (414) 758-2256
Maureen Wurster: (414) 758-2254

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