On Thursday, August 31, 2017, the faculty and staff of Saint John’s Catholic Prep attended the 7th Annual Catholic Schools Convocation at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen in Baltimore. Approximately 1500 teachers and administrators came together for a Mass celebrated by Archbishop William E. Lori.
The motto for this year is “Year of the Teacher” consisting of initiatives and investments in professional development, recognition, and recruitment. Bishop Adam J. Parker offered the keynote address in which he reminded educators to examine their calling closely and likened the challenges facing modern Catholic educators to the ones confronting the Apostles.
“It is hard to say whether the world in which they were proclaiming Christ was any more or less open to hearing the Gospel message than our world today”, Bishop Parker said, “but I think we’d all agree that not only is rising to that challenge worth it, it’s the very reason we are Catholic educators in Catholic schools.”
In his homily, Archbishop Lori named two earlier archdiocesan educators, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton and Mother Mary Lange, “pioneers who laid the foundation on which we continue to build.” He also reminded educators how they can “deeply influence” their students.
During the ceremony, Dr. Barbara Edmondson received the Archdiocese highest honor for Catholic school educators, the Doris Musil Award. Dr. Edmondson served as superintendent of schools for the archdiocese from 2010 – 2017 and is now moving to a leadership position with the National Catholic Education Association in Washington, DC.