An opportunity to grow professionally and as a follower of St. Ignatius Loyola is being offered to faculty and staff of Jesuit middle- and high schools in the USA Central and Southern Province.
Companions in Faith, a six-week online seminar, offers colleagues in Jesuit schools professional development and formation in fundamental Catholic teachings that comprise the foundation of Jesuit education.
The seminar is aimed at helping Ignatian educators grow in appreciation for the Catholic faith and mission of Jesuit schools through reading, dialogue and personal reflection. The seminar offers something for everyone, regardless of religious background and years of experience in Jesuit education.
The online workshop was requested by the principals of province schools and was developed by the province in collaboration with mission formation directors and educational technologists in the schools. It is administered by the USA Central and Southern Province and hosted by the Jesuit Virtual Learning Academy.
Sean Agniel, the provincial assistant for secondary and pre-secondary education, said the course draws on central teachings of the Catholic Church through the U.S. Catholic Catechism for Adults, personal and professional experience, art and liturgy, to elicit reflection, conversation and personal growth. Through discussion forums, video conferencing and building relationships with colleagues in Jesuit schools across the Midwest, South, and Caribbean, participants are invited to consider the wonders of the Catholic faith and, in this light, to refresh their service as Ignatian educators.
The weekly commitment for seminar participants is about five hours. Aside from the video conference’s fixed time one evening each week, the work of the seminar can be done at participants’ convenience.
After completing the seminar, participants may apply for three continuing education credits through Regis University, which will grant a certificate. The $75 fee includes the cost of processing the credits. For more information contact Sean Agniel, email@example.com.