Bishop's 'active listening' leads to revised school contract

After months of consultation with Catholic school principals, presidents and faculty members, Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ, presented a contract for the 2014-15 school year.

The contract, adapted from one used by the Archdiocese of Chicago, were made available to teachers, along with a letter from the bishop, on Feb. 2.

The contract’s key points include:

• "The Teacher agrees to serve in a professional manner and to act in accordance with the Catholic doctrine and moral teachings. The Teacher is employed as an educator in a Catholic school, and he/she shall perform his/her duties as a minister and steward of the Catholic faith.

• “Demonstrate a public life consistent with the teachings of the Catholic Church, and refrain from taking a public position contrary to the teachings of the Catholic Church.”

The bishop unveiled the contract after consulting with various constituencies, including school principals and presidents, and high school and elementary school teachers.

Superintendent Sister Barbara Bray, SNJM, described it as a “collaborative and pastoral process, fruitful and furthering and strengthening the mission of Catholic education in the diocese.”

“We really are very much on the same page — teachers, principals and bishop — of Catholic identity as the central reason for our schools,” she said.

God Bless them, I pray many more follow their example! God Bless, Memaw

Nice job, Bishop Barber!

It’s great to see that he was able to get consensus without diluting the most important parts. And now I hope this will help the negotiation process across the bridge in San Francisco.

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