Special Issue "Contemporary Perspectives on Catholic Education"

A special issue of Religions (ISSN 2077-1444).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 July 2022) | Viewed by 544

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. John Lydon
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Guest Editor
Institute of Education, St Mary's University, Twickenham, London TW1 4SX, UK
Interests: spiritual capital; Catholic school leadership; the maintenance of distinctive religious charisms;
Dr. Caroline Healy
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Guest Editor
MA Catholic School Leadership and Senior Lecturer, Doctor of Education (EdD) Programmes, Institute of Education, St Mary's University, Twickenham, London TW1 4SX, UK
Interests: formation of Catholic school teachers

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Catholic education has a global span, with the power to dynamically influence students, create futures and provide enrichment in the wider community and society. The discipline of Catholic education in the past 20 years has emerged as an ever-developing interdisciplinary research field, drawing from education, theology, religion, philosophy, ethics, sociology and history. Catholic education researchers have made significant theoretical contributions to the field, especially in the areas of spiritual capital; Catholic school leadership formation; the maintenance of distinctive religious charisms among lay headteachers, religious education and achieving a balance between academic standards and a holistic education.

This Special Issue will particularly focus on the contemporary challenges to Catholic education and provide an update to the previous edited volume on this topic, Lydon’s (2018) Contemporary Perspectives in Catholic Education, published by Gracewing. Since then, the landscape of Catholic education has experienced significant developments and challenges. The notion of the perennial aspects of Catholic education, in constant dialogue with the transitional educational landscape, will be welcomed again. The extent to which Catholic school teachers, leaders and governors embrace the challenge to embed core Catholic education principles and maintain their integral mission, while acknowledging a range of factors challenging the holistic perspective canonized in Catholic tradition, will be sought for this volume. Scholars are invited to submit articles addressing this topic and the internationally changing culture and contexts of Catholic education.

We request that, prior to submitting a manuscript, interested authors initially submit a proposed title and an abstract of 400–600 words summarizing their intended contribution. Please send it to the guest editors (Email A) or to Religions editorial office ([email protected]). Abstracts will be reviewed by the guest editors for the purposes of ensuring proper fit within the scope of the special issue. Full manuscripts will undergo double-blind peer-review.

Lydon, J, 2018, Editor, Contemporary Perspectives in Catholic Education, Gracewing: Leominster, UK.

Prof. Dr. John Lydon
Dr. Caroline Healy
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • Catholic education
  • Catholic identity
  • Challenges to Catholic education
  • charism
  • contemporary
  • distinctiveness
  • ethos
  • religious education
  • leadership
  • mission
  • religious education
  • secularisation
  • spiritual capital
  • vocation

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Renewing a Prophetic Mysticism for Teaching Children Justly: A Lasallian Provocation
Religions 2022, 13(10), 893; https://doi.org/10.3390/rel13100893 - 23 Sep 2022
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There is an urgent need to renew religious charisms historically founded by teaching Religious Orders to invigorate and sustain God’s mission through Catholic education. It is within this need that I consider how the Lasallian tradition may be critically mined to develop a [...] Read more.
There is an urgent need to renew religious charisms historically founded by teaching Religious Orders to invigorate and sustain God’s mission through Catholic education. It is within this need that I consider how the Lasallian tradition may be critically mined to develop a prophetic mysticism that integrates contemplation with the public activity of teaching children justly as prophetic witness in contemporary Catholic education. This article makes two contributions. First, it methodologically brings the Lasallian tradition into dialogue with the contemporary turn to children and childhood in theological research. I suggest that this turn presses us to re-commit to a preferential option for children in Christian mission, which serves as an interpretive lens to retrieve and develop a Lasallian prophetic mysticism. This lens allows us to see more clearly how God calls forth the Christian vocation of teaching through children as vulnerable agents who share and participate in life with us. Second, building on this prophetic mysticism, I propose a praxis of socially engaged contemplation that attunes Catholic educators to become ethically present to the social marginalization of children. Cultivating this ethical presence is necessary for teaching children justly—a moral imperative that has become all the more crucial today in light of reports on the sexual abuse of children in the Catholic church. Full article
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