Links to Church Documents

Major Church Documents Relating to Catholic Schools

The Church has the great mission to preach the Gospel. In her role as Mother and Teacher, she gives guidance and support to those ministries which serve this mission. The following list is comprised of those major documents issued, beginning with Vatican Council II, which impact the nature and mission of Catholic education in general and Catholic schools particularly. Each link takes you to that document on the Vatican website. The documents are listed chronologically.

Documents impacting Catholic Schools

Other Links of Interest

Helpful References

Behold the HeritageBehold the Heritage is an anthology of major Church documents on education from Vatican II until 2012 when the volume was published.  Edited by Sister Matthew Marie Cummings, O.P., Professor of Education at Aquinas College; and Sister Elizabeth Anne Allen, O. P., Director for the Aquinas College Center of Catholic Education, this is a beneficial, at-your-fingertips resource for all involved in Catholic education. For a review, read the Aquinas College Magazine article about Behold the Heritage.

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The Holy See's Teaching on Catholic SchoolsThe Holy See’s Teaching on Catholic Schools is a synthesis of Church documents written by Archbishop J. Michael Miller during his service as Secretary for the Congregation for Catholic Education.  First delivered at a conference in 2005, the talk has since been published by Sophia Institute Press.

Virtues in PracticeThe Virtues in Practice Series is a program for children in grades pre-kindergarten-eight developed by the Dominican Sisters of Saint Cecilia Congregation.  Program components include a virtue of the month, a saint of the month, workbooks and parent-teacher guides at the various grade levels and suggested activities. This program, suitable for home and school use, is free and is available for download at the Nashville Dominican website.

Center for Catholic Education
Sister Elizabeth Anne, O.P., Director
4210 Harding Pike
Nashville, TN 37205
Phone: (615) 297-7545 x471

Prayer for the New Academic Year

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Reflecting on Catholic Education

“Teaching has an extraordinary moral depth and is one of man's most excellent and creative activities, for the teacher does not write on inanimate material, but on the very spirits of human beings.
” -The Catholic School on the Threshold of the Third Millennium, #19

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Tracing the Mission

2000 years ago, the Church received the commission from the Lord to proclaim the Gospel!

800 years ago, Saint Dominic founded his Order “to praise, to bless, to preach.”

154 years ago, The Dominican Sisters of Saint Cecilia Congregation began their work of Christian education.

53 years ago Aquinas College undertook its mission of Veritas et Caritas.

20 years ago, Aquinas inaugurated its Educator Preparation Program.

2 years ago, the first Masters Degree programs in education were offered at Aquinas.

Last year, Aquinas College launched its most recent educational initiative: the Center for Catholic Education.