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26 July 15, 2016 THE U.P. CATHOLIC CATHOLIC SCHOOLS www.upcatholic.org St. Mary Queen of Peace, Kingsford Bishop John, The Parish Family of St. Mary Queen of Peace in Kingsford want to Congratulate you on your 25th Anniversary of Ordination to the Priesthood. We thank God for the blessing of your Ministry to us as our Bishop. May Mary, the Mother of all priests, watch over you always. CONGRATULATIONS! + St. Agnes, Iron River + St. Cecilia, Caspian Bishop John, We praise God for your ministry! Thank you for all you do for our Diocese! BY VICTORIA LAFAVE DIOCESAN CATHOLIC SCHOOLS MARKETING COORDINATOR Teachers and principals from 24 schools across the country gathered together in June to learn about the diocesan Catholic Liberal Arts Curriculum. National leaders in Catholic Liberal Arts education spoke and led small group discussions at the Midwest Conference on Catholic Liberal Arts Education held June 13-14 at Holy Name Catholic School in Escana- ba. The conference was sponsored by the depart- ment of evangelization and education of the Diocese of Marquette. In attendance were 140 teachers, religious sisters, priests and admin- istrators from throughout the diocese, along with teachers and administrators from Arizo- na, Colorado, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michi- gan, and Canada. Following Mass each morning at St. Anne Parish in Escanaba, the conference kicked off with large group presentations one from Jose Gonzalez, director of professional devel- opment at the Sophia Institute for Teachers, a division of Sophia Press and one from Michael Van Hecke, president and founder of the Institute for Catholic Liberal Arts Education, headmaster of St. Augustine Academy in Ven- tura, Calif., and president and publisher of the Catholic Textbook Project. According to Mark Salisbury, director of the department of evangelization and education for the diocese, this conference was designed to maximize teacher interaction and provide teachers with proven practical strategies to implement in their classrooms this coming fall. To accomplish this goal, each participant was offered eight practical breakout sessions designed to appeal to specific grade level teachers and their peers from other schools. The feedback from this design was overwhelm- ingly positive. Attendees were inspired, and are planning on taking the practical ideas back to their classrooms as they implement this curriculum. The presenters provided participants with key concepts and practices on building beauty into their Catholic curriculum, especially in their religion classes, as well as practical strat- egies for teaching writing, poetry, literature, science, history, Latin and logic were present- ed. There were also discussions on bringing virtue development into daily teaching and discipline practices. One presenter, Jessie Van Hecke, who teach- es kindergarten and first grade at St. Augustine Academy in California, shared how she teaches her students by showing them the beauty of their Catholic faith. Van Hecke illustrated how to teach the beau- ty in Scripture by passing around a sample prayer book to conference attendees that one of her students wrote, along with artwork her students created on The Old Testament. She was excellent, Holy Spirit Catholic School (HSCS) first grade teacher Lori Susott said of Van Heckes presentation. Susott added that she is planning on using some of Van Heckes practical ideas in her own classroom, particularly the prayer journal that students hand-wrote. Principal of HSCS in Norway, Melissa Meng- hini, said of the information presented, Its phenomenal. Menghini also said she could tell that her teachers and others throughout the diocese are Second annual Midwest Conference on Catholic Liberal Arts held in Escanaba VICTORIA LAFAVE DIOCESAN CATHOLIC SCHOOLS Teachers of St. Francis de Sales School in Manistique gathered together for the second annual Midwest Con- ference on Catholic Liberal Arts last month. The conference was held at Holy Name Catholic School in Escana- ba, and was sponsored by the Diocese of Marquette. CONTINUED ON PAGE 27

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