A Call To Vocation: Narratives Of Catholic Educators by Déirdre SmithA Call To Vocation: Narratives Of Catholic Educators by Déirdre Smith

A Call To Vocation: Narratives Of Catholic Educators

byDéirdre Smith

Paperback | March 15, 2013

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A Call to Vocation: Narratives of Catholic Educators offers a collection of stories written by Catholic teachers, principals, supervisory officers, trustees, and students. Each reading is designed to promote the current mission and vision of Catholic education as well as support and inspire Catholic educators as they pursue their vocational call.

¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿These representations of practice can be read, reflected upon, discussed, and critiqued to extend professional knowledge and understanding of the unique dimensions inherent within educational practices that are inspired by one’s spiritually oriented vocation. Together, these narratives provide educators with a vital tool for meeting pre-service requirements and a rich resource for taking into their classroom as full-time educators.

Deirdre Smith is a member of the Ontario College of Teachers and an instructor at Niagara University.   CONTRIBUTORS   Carson Allard is a Program Officer in the Standards of Practice and Education Unit at the Ontario College of Teachers. He has studied, promoted, and supported teacher inquiry over a thirty-year career in te...
Title:A Call To Vocation: Narratives Of Catholic EducatorsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:192 pages, 9.25 × 7.05 × 0.45 inPublished:March 15, 2013Publisher:Pearson EducationLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0132991950

ISBN - 13:9780132991957


Table of Contents


About the Editor

List of Contributors


Table of Contents

Narrative Matrix


CHAPTER 1: A Vocational Call

Narrative One: Hearing the Call to Become a Teacher by Roisin Sheeran

Narrative Two: Sharing the love of God Through Catholic Teaching by Amy Kieffer

Narrative Three: Guided by God by Melinda Rapallo-Ferrara

Narrative Four: Discerning One’s Vocation: A Continual Process of Listening by Les Miller

Narrative Five: The Signs Along My Vocational Path by Kathleen Wong

Narrative Six: Being Called to Become a French Educator by Saveria Caruso

Narrative Seven: The Presence of God by Anne-Marie Beni-Da Re


CHAPTER 2: The Teaching Spirit

Narrative One: The Whisper of the Holy Spirit by E. Clyde Glasgow

Narrative Two: Recovering Our Infinite Connectedness by Maria G. Giampa

Narrative Three: Always the Same Spirit by Daniela Cerullo

Narrative Four: Professing My Vocation by Danica Morrison

Narrative Five: Revealing Ourselves Through Teaching and Leadership by Lisa Kinsella-Bickerstaffe

Narrative Six: From Innocence to Reality by Veronica Tuzi

Narrative Seven: The Quest for Freedom by Nick Forte

Narrative Eight: Teaching as Witness by Eric Fahn

Narrative Nine: Reflections of a Catholic Director of Education by John Mackel


CHAPTER 3: A Relational Journey of Formation

Narrative One: Experiencing a Shared Space for Dialogue with First Nation Community Members by Carson Allard

Narrative Two: My First Year as a Religion and Family Life Consultant by Amy Kieffer

Case Commentary by Vicky Yahbee

Narrative Three: Spiritual Ethics of a Catholic Education by Theresa Harrietha

Narrative Four: The Nurturing Call to Missionary Life as a Facilitator of Religious Education Courses by Gisèle Martel


CHAPTER 4: The Mystery and Wonder of the Call and Journey

Narrative One: Social Justice and the Catholic Educator by Brian O’Sullivan

Case Commentary by Michael J. James

Narrative Two: Supporting Catholic Principals by Nelly Kelders

Case Commentary by Lorraine A. Ozar

Narrative Three: My Calling As a Vice Principal by Toni Kovach

Narrative Four: My Vocation…An Opportunity to Become by Sandria Morten

Narrative Five: The Lifelong Impact of the Vocation of Catholic Educators by Peter Kislinsky

Narrative Six: You Must Catch Them If You Can by Kathy Boyd

Commentary by Lorrie Temple


CHAPTER 5: Reflecting on the Gifts of Catholic Education

Narrative One: Danny the Catechist by Mike Courchesne

Case Commentary by Darlene Ciuffetelli Parker

Narrative Two: The Spiritual Seeds of My Teaching by Deirdre Smith

Narrative Three: I Have Called You By Name…You Are Mine by Sister Jacqueline de Verteuil

Narrative Four: Answering My Vocational Call by Ann-Marie Parsons

Case Commentary by Nicole Batte

Narrative Five: Looking Beyond the Touch Exterior by Anonymous Teacher

Narrative Six: My Experience As a Student in a Catholic School by Jeremiah Creedon

Narrative Seven: Fostering a Critical Stance Through the Light of the Gospel by Father Jean Vézina


CHAPTER 6: Communities of Inclusion and Presence

Narrative One: The Gift of Catholic Education by Lorrie Temple

Narrative Two: The Gifts of Vocation by Denise Calvert

Narrative Three: The Gift of Social Justice by Natalie Rizzo

Narrative Four: Called to Serve by Lori Lynn Stapleton

Case Commentary by Lorrie Temple

Case Commentary by Dianne Vivian

Narrative Five: My Journey As a Catholic Leader by Michael Bethune

Case Commentary by Francine Pilon

Case Commentary by Erika M. Werger

Narrative Six: Co-Learners on the Journey by Jennifer Poirier

Narrative Seven: Catholicity and the Art of Teaching: Re-Thinking Our Sacred Dwelling Spaces within our Catholic Education System by Theresa Riccardi


CHAPTER 7: Catholic Education in Ontario: Historical Reflections and a Call to Action

Narrative One: Seeing the Face of God: A Letter to the School by Greg McLean and Jayne Sloser

Case Commentary by Amy Kieffer

Case Commentary by Michael Bethune

Narrative Two: Christ’s Hands and Feet in Action: A Letter to Parents by Francine Pillon

Case Commentary by Francine Pilon

Narrative Three: The Call to Love in Dangerous Times by Kevin Welbes Godin


Final Reflections



Editorial Reviews

“This text certainly will meet the needs across the Catholic educational spectrum. Articles, although not academic in nature, offer a wonderful cross section of what is currently happening in the field. I will definitely be using aspects of this book in my course.” --Kevin Welbes Godin, Toronto Catholic District School Board   “This text allows them [students] to see how other professionals work day to day in Catholic schools and give meaning and flesh to Catholic beliefs–no small feat to show how to carry out Church teaching in practical terms.” --Mary Curran, UOIT   “As previously identified, the lived experiences are the greatest promise of the text offering clear points of access whether in agreement or dispute. The enquiry and commentary sections become the venue to integrate and share the effect of the reflection on the individual — these are critical. Furthermore, the sharing of narratives not only allows for ready access to the text but also amplifies the paradigm for community recognised above: my story connects to our story and ultimately ‘The Story.’ ” --Jonathan Wright, Waterloo Catholic District School Board   “This is a very easy read, not to say that it is not informative.  It works well for teachers; the use of open ended questions is very effective.” --John (Jack) B. Palmer, Western University