there is an endless number of Catholic congregations - but I’d like to know which of them especially engage in teaching, mainly in schools. This is, well, as one knows, also part of the Jesuit mission. And then there are the Little Brothers of Mary. But I’m sure there are many other congregations out there still - any suggestions?
+The Blessed St. Dominic’s . . . Dominican Order of Preachers . . . containing both men and women . . . is an Order that has a great . . . centuries old . . . successful history of teaching and preaching througout the world . . .
. . . :compcoff: . . . Dominican Spirituality
evidenced throughout all of the branches of the Order reflects the spirit and intentions of its founder, though some of the elements of what later developed may have surprised the Castilian friar. Fundamentally, Dominic was ]"…a man of prayer who utilized the full resources of the learning available to him to preach, to teach, and even materially to assist those searching for the truth found in the gospel of Christ. It is that spirit which **[Dominic] **bequeathed to his followers".The spiritual tradition of **Dominic’s Order is punctuated not only by charity, study and preaching, but also by instances of mystical union. The Dominican emphasis on learning and on charity distinguishes it from other monastic and mendicant orders. As the Order first developed on the European continent, learning continued to be emphasized by these friars and their sisters in Christ. These religious also struggled for a deeply personal, intimate relationship with God. When the Order **reached England, many of these attributes were kept, but the English gave the Order additional, specialized characteristics. This topic is discussed below.
Dominic’s search for a close relationship with God was determined and unceasing. He rarely spoke, so little of his interior life is known. What is known about it comes from accounts written by people near to him. St. Cecilia remembered him as cheerful, charitable and full of unceasing vigor. From a number of accounts, singing was apparently one of Dominic’s great delights. Dominic practiced self-scourging and would mortify himself as he prayed alone in the chapel at night for ‘poor sinners.’ He owned a single habit, refused to carry money, and would allow no one to serve him.
**Laudare, Benedicere, Praedicare **
To praise, to bless and to preach
*(from the Dominican Missal, Preface of the Blessed Virgin Mary) *
Contemplari et Contemplata Aliis Tradere **
To study and to hand on the fruits of study (or, to contemplate and to hand on the fruits of contemplation)
:compcoff: Link: ** en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dominican_Order
The Basilian Fathers are excellent. They staff the Catholic College on my university campus. In the past 2 years, we went from 3 priests to 4, and we’ll have 5 this fall. They are excellent preachers and very down to earth people.
They have a couple high schools in Canada at the US and 1 in Columbia.
The Benedictines are very strong teachers, men and women. It has been part of their tradition for a long time, growing out of their large monasteries and emphasis on scholarship. I think that among the largest orders, those with the strongest tradition of teaching are the Jesuits, Benedictines and Dominicans.
Here’s a list of Benedictine colleges and universities in the US.