Twin City Catholic Educational System Catholic Identity Statement of Faith
At the foundation of our Catholic schools is Catholic identity. Catholic identity is based in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Jesus must be the inspiration and guide to our schools in every dimension, in our philosophy, curriculum, community life, the selection and formation of our teachers as well as in the physical environment of each school.
TCCES schools must have a mission and philosophy inspired by a vision that addresses the formation of the whole child. Statements of vision and philosophy must articulate the Catholic nature of the school. A shared vision, principles, beliefs and core values are essential in all of our schools.
The faculty and staff of every school must know, support and model the teachings of the Catholic Church. It is the ultimate responsibility of those in authority to be sure this happens. How each teacher and staff member models the life of Christ and the teachings of the Church is a key element in defining Catholic identity. What is taught has far greater influence on students when placed in the context of personal witness on the part of the teacher.
Catholic identity becomes more visible and identifiable when intentionally developed as a part of the curriculum. The world of human culture and the world of religion are integrated. There are many points of contact between human culture and faith that should be established within the curriculum. In writing and delivering curriculum in all disciplines, teachers must search for and consciously plan for presentation of these points of contact. It is through the curriculum that teachers best define our Catholic identity.
All school communities must be faith communities nurturing the spiritual lives of students, families, faculty and staff. A variety of faith opportunities need to be present to allow each community to worship and pray together. Each school must actively promote service and social justice experiences as an integral part of the school. All TCCES schools should be welcoming, inclusive and safe for all who enter their doors.
The Catholic identity of each TCCES School must be visible and apparent to all. It is ultimately through relationships with others and the call to live the Gospel message of Jesus Christ that this can be accomplished.