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October 10, 2002 Edition   •   Volume 132, No. 37   •   Madison, Wisconsin, U.S.A.

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Educators gather at institute:
Learn about teaching Catholic faith

MADISON -- When teaching the Catholic faith, we often try to do it in an academic way, but we should emphasize how to develop a relationship with God.

This was the message of Paul Ward, keynote speaker at the Diocese of Madison's 2002 Central Education Institute.

More than 600 Catholic school teachers, principals, and those involved in religious education in the Diocese of Madison gathered for the event that took place at the Marriott Madison West Hotel and Conference Center.

Impacting young lives

The day began with a Mass at which Bishop William H. Bullock presided.

"Whatever your special ministry, you have a part in the formation of children," as an educator, religious education coordinator or director, volunteer, or teacher, said Bullock in his homily. "Under your tutelage, prayer, teaching, and witness, you also will impact the lives of young people.

"It is a privilege to be instructors in the lives of young people," he said, pointing out that we, too, must become childlike. "God admires their humility and calls us to be childlike and humble."

We must grow in Catholic identity, the heart of who we are, he said. "We have to believe in all elements of who Christ is: God and man and that he came to redeem us." But Christ gave us the church, and "you and I are the extension of Christ," he said.

"Thank you for all the work you do," the bishop said, stressing that sometimes they need the patience of angels when working with children. "I stand in solidarity with you and prayerful attention with you."

Of all the things he is most proud of during his years as a priest, "I never do anything bigger or better than when I pray for you," he said. "I know you have a tough job."
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photo of Holly Irving, Kathy Fortlage and Jennifer Farmer singing opening song at Mass
Singing the opening song at Mass are, from left: Holly Irving, coordinator of religious education at St. Thomas Aquinas Parish, Madison; Kathy Fortlage and Jennifer Farmer, teachers at St. Henry School, Watertown. (Julianne Nornberg photo)

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