Homeschooling Proving ‘Good for America’

December 3, 2010

McKinney, TX (MetroCatholic) — The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine, LLC — In August 2001, the cover of Time magazine posed this question: “Is Home Schooling Good for America?” Today, as more and more adults who were homeschooled assume positions of leadership and service in our nation, we answer Time’s question with a resounding “Yes!”

Without question, the contributions of homeschoolers are dramatically changing our political landscape. For example, leadership courses, camps, and organizations such as Generation Joshua, a division of the Home School Legal Defense Association, are coming alongside homeschooling families to train future leaders. During the 2010 mid-term elections Generation Joshua deployed 900 of their nearly 6,000 members to make a difference in 21 political races across the nation, including that of Congressman Daniel Webster (R-FL), a homeschooling father.

Dr. Brian Ray, founder of the National Home Education Research Institute, in his 2004 study of more than 7,000 homeschooled adults, showed that homeschoolers were more likely to vote, volunteer for political campaigns, and participate in community service. Dr. Ray found that 71% of homeschool graduates participated in ongoing community service activities compared to 37% of U.S. adults of similar ages, and 76% of homeschool graduates (aged 18-24) had voted in a national or state election within the last 5 years, compared to 29% of non-homeschooled graduates.

In his article titled “Revisiting the Common Myths About Homeschooling,” Michael Romanowski, a professor at the Center for Teacher Education at Ohio Northern University, stated: “Homeschoolers clearly learn about the real world, possibly more than do their public school counterparts. While the purpose of public education is to educate future citizens who take an active role in improving the social, economic, and political conditions in society, Ray’s research indicates that public schools, not homeschooling, should be scrutinized for their efforts regarding ‘citizenship training.’”

When asked to comment about the recent political impact of homeschooled adults nationwide, Paul and Gena Suarez, homeschooling family of six children and publishers of the premier quarterly magazine for homeschoolers, responded that homeschoolers’ success “only confirms what numerous stats and studies have already indicated — that ‘homeschooling’ is about so much more than merely educating our children. It’s about instilling in the next generation the conviction that if good is to prevail, then it must be advanced, and it can be advanced only by those who embrace it.”

Many homeschooling families are training their children to make a difference by serving this nation with integrity, not for the sake of personal ambition or monetary gain but rather because they have learned how to be responsible citizens. Determined, astute homeschooling families are making their voices heard — from leadership camps to grassroots organizations to Congress.

In January 2011, Ms. Jaime Herrera, age 32, will be sworn in as a U.S. Representative (R-WA). She will be remembered, among other things, as the very first member of our U.S. Congress who was a homeschooler. She will not be the last.

About The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine: Soon to celebrate their 10-year anniversary, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine is recognized as the premier magazine for homeschoolers. This professional publication offers approximately 200 pages of information, inspiration, and encouragement to homeschooling families around the world in each quarterly issue. View a sample issue here: www.thehomeschoolmagazine-digital.com/thehomeschoolmagazine/sample/#pg1.

Catholic Charities USA Presents Centennial Medal to America’s Promise Alliance

October 6, 2010

WASHINGTON (MetroCatholic) — Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA), the 100-year-old social service network working to reduce poverty in America, yesterday presented its Centennial Medal to the America’s Promise Alliance recognizing the organization for its work protecting the common good and ensuring investment in our nation’s young people. The award was presented by Candy Hill, Catholic Charities USA’s Sr. Vice President for Social Policy and Government Affairs, at the America’s Promise Alliance Trustees meeting in Washington, DC.  CCUSA is presenting 100 specially-commissioned Centennial Medals in honor of its 100th anniversary, marking a century of human services for the least among us.

“Since your inception in 1997, you have served as a beacon for children in this country.  We value your leadership, your partnership and your vision for America’s future-our young people,” said Candy Hill. “You have been a significant partner in our work to serve and advocate on behalf of the poor. I thank you for your commitment to this endeavor, and most importantly for your willingness to stand with the poor and disenfranchised as we advocate for services and solutions that reflect dignity and respect for all people.”

CCUSA was founded in 1910 “to bring about a sense of solidarity” among those in charitable ministries. Since 1910, CCUSA has encouraged professional social work practice, provided opportunities for training and networking, and served as a national voice and expert on poverty issues.

During Centennial recognition and celebration ceremonies last week, CCUSA-with sponsorship from Sen. Robert Casey (D. Pennsylvania) and Rep. Jim McGovern (D. Massachusetts)-introduced S. 3845/H.R. 6222 to address the issue of poverty nationwide and institute new ways of reducing and eliminating poverty.

For more information about Catholic Charities USA visit http://www.catholiccharitiesusa.org/.

Catholic Charities USA’s members provide help and create hope for more than 9 million people a year regardless of religious, social, or economic backgrounds. For almost 300 years, Catholic Charities agencies have worked to reduce poverty by providing a myriad of vital services in their communities, ranging from health care and job training to food and housing. In 2010, Catholic Charities USA celebrates its centennial anniversary.

BENEDICT XVI RECALLS HIS APOSTOLIC TRIP TO UNITED KINGDOM

September 22, 2010

VATICAN CITY (VIS) - During this Wednesday’s general audience, held in St. Peter’s Square, the Pope turned his attention on his recent apostolic trip to the United Kingdom, which took place from 16 to 19 September and which he described as “a historic event marking a new important phase in the long and complex history of relations between that people and the Holy See”.

Referring to the first event of the trip, his meeting with Queen Elizabeth II in Edinburgh, the Holy Father recalled how “it was a highly cordial meeting, characterised by a deep and mutual concern for the wellbeing of the peoples of the world and for the role of Christian values in society”.

In Glasgow, where he celebrated the first Mass of his trip on the feast of St. Ninian, the first evangeliser of Scotland, “I recalled the importance of the evangelisation of culture, especially in our own time in which an insidious relativism threatens to darken the unchanging truth about the nature of man”.

The second day of the visit began with a meeting in London with the world of Catholic education, at which Benedict XVI dwelt on “the importance of the faith in forming mature and responsible citizens. I encouraged the many adolescents and young people who welcomed me with warmth and enthusiasm”, he said, “not to follow limited goals, or to satisfy themselves with comfortable choices but to aim at something greater: the search for true happiness which is to be found only in God.

“In my subsequent meeting with the leaders of other religions present in the United Kingdom”, he added, “I pointed out the ineluctable need for sincere dialogue, which in order to be fruitful requires respect for the principle of reciprocity. At the same time, I identified the search for the sacred as a ground common to all religions, upon which to build up friendship, trust and collaboration”.

The Pope went on: “The fraternal visit to the Archbishop of Canterbury was an opportunity to underline the shared commitment to bear witness to the Christian message which unites Catholics and Anglicans. This was followed by one of the most significant moments of my apostolic trip: the meeting in the Great Hall of the British parliament” where, he explained, “I underlined the fact that religion, for lawmakers, must nor represent a problem to be resolved, but a factor that makes a vital contribution to the nation’s historical progress and public debate, especially by recalling the essential importance of ensuring an ethical foundation for choices made in the various areas of social life”.

The praying of Vespers with the Christian communities of the United Kingdom in Westminster Abbey, the first visit made there by a Successor of Peter, “marked an important moment in relations between the Catholic community and the Anglican Communion”, Pope Benedict said.

He then recalled how, on Saturday morning, a Eucharistic celebration was held at Westminster Cathedral, which is dedicated to the Most Precious Blood of Our Lord. “I as overjoyed to meet large numbers of young people”, he remarked. “With their enthusiastic presence, … they showed that they wanted to be protagonists of a new period of courageous witness, effective solidarity and generous commitment to serving the Gospel”.

Later in the apostolic nunciature, “I met with some victims of abuses committed by members of the clergy and religious. It was a moment of intense emotion and prayer”, said the Holy Father. At his meeting with people responsible for protecting children and young people in Church environments “I thanked them and encouraged them to continue their work, which is part of the Church’s long tradition of concern for the respect, education and formation of new generations”.

The old people’s home he visited on Saturday afternoon testifies, he said, “to the great concern the Church has always had for the elderly, and expresses the commitment of British Catholics to respecting life irrespective of age or condition”.

“The culmination of my visit to the United Kingdom was the beatification of Cardinal John Henry Newman, illustrious son of that land. By way of preparation, it was preceded by a special prayer vigil which took place on Saturday evening at Hyde Park in London. … To the multitude of faithful, especially young people, I presented the shining example of Cardinal Newman, intellectual and believer, whose spiritual message can be summed up in his the witness that the way of knowledge does not mean closing in on oneself; rather it means openness, conversion and obedience to He Who is the Way, the Truth and the Life”.

Benedict XVI concluded his remarks by highlighting how “this apostolic trip confirmed my profound conviction that the old nations of Europe possess a Christian soul which merges with the ‘genius’ and history of their respective peoples, and the Church never ceases to work to keep this spiritual and cultural tradition alive”.

BENEDICT XVI’S PRAYER INTENTIONS FOR JULY

July 1, 2010

VATICAN CITY, 1 JUL 2010 (VIS) - Pope Benedict’s general prayer intention for July is: “That in every nation of the world the election of officials may be carried out with justice, transparency and honesty, respecting the free decisions of citizens”.

His mission intention is: “That Christians may strive to offer everywhere, but especially in great urban centres, an effective contribution to the promotion of education, justice, solidarity and peace”.

“My first Bishop’s Dinner was my defining moment”?

March 25, 2010

From the CPLC:

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Register today for The Bishop’s 17th Annual Catholic Pro-Life Dinner, on April 10, at the Hilton Anatole Dallas, featuring keynote speaker Daniel Cardinal DiNardo and former Planned Parenthood director Abby Johnson! 

Here’s what a few friends have to say about this not-to-be-missed event:

  Bereit.jpg“In the spring of 2004, I attended my first Bishop’s Dinner in Dallas while working for the Coalition for Life, a small pro-life ministry in College Station.  As I walked into the banquet facility that night, I was surrounded by the largest crowd of pro-life volunteers and supporters I had ever seen assembled in one room.  During the program, I learned about the enormous life-saving impact of the Catholic Pro-Life Committee, and instantly realized that I wasn’t thinking nearly big enough.  I went home inspired to do more than ever before.  

                            … Since that time 40 Days for Life has spread like wildfire to 307 cities across all 50 states and seven other countries.  … I would never have imagined that possible – until I attended the Bishop’s Dinner in Dallas.   At that life-changing event, my vision was expanded to realize it’s not a matter of ‘if’ abortion ends - it’s a matter of ‘WHEN.’  Do not miss this year’s Bishop’s Dinner in Dallas.  You will be filled with hope, and maybe - like me - your life will be forever changed!”

- David Bereit,
   National Director, 40 Days for Life

 “… Your banquet remains the single most impressive and moving pro-life event I’ve ever attended… May God continue to bless your efforts as you deserve.”

- Michael Medved, author and radio show host,
   2006 Bishop’s Dinner Keynote Speaker

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  Moreland_3.jpg“My first Bishop’s Dinner could be summed up into three words: my defining moment.  What started as a spark that evening of ‘Oh, I really need to get involved and help’ rolled fiercely into a ball of fire that even I cannot control. While I understand not everyone’s calling may be pro-life work, I can assure you that if you have never been to the Bishop’s Dinner, you will be awakened to the truth on that fun-filled evening!”

- Ronda Moreland, Parish Pro-Life Coordinator,
St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, 2010 Bishop’s Dinner Honoree

 

 

Clark.jpg“In the Spring of 1996 I was the Grand Knight of Council 10646 in Rowlett. During a meeting one of the Knights suggested that the Council pay for me and my wife to attend the Bishop’s Pro-Life Dinner as their representative.  I was overjoyed to think that not only was I going to represent my Brother Knights, but I was going to get fed doing it….Then IT happened.  A young mom was introduced who was holding a baby about six months of age. This mom was going into an abortion clinic to abort that very child, but was intercepted by a sidewalk counselor. As she stood up there and bravely told her story, a thousand different thoughts and feelings overwhelmed me. Watching her cry and say that her baby, that she was about to kill months prior, was her greatest gift, caused me to become a true pro-life advocate… it changed my life forever.

“Today I am the State Pro-Life Chairman for the Texas Knights of Columbus and I am the President of Hike for Life, Texas’ oldest pro-life event.”

- Tom Clark, Texas Pro-Life Chairman,
   Knights of Columbus; President of Hike for Life, Inc.

Click here to read full testimonials.

There’s never been a more critical time to stand for the sanctity of life. 

For more information and to register for the Bishop’s Pro-Life Dinner, please visit our website today.  Tickets and tables are selling fast!

Socialized Health Care Delivered by a Catholic

March 21, 2010

McKinney, TX (MetroCatholic) As I sit here writing this article from my home office with my children snuggled securely in their warm beds upstairs, I can’t help but feel that their futures were just mortgaged by a supposed “pro-life” Catholic by the name of Bart Stupak. Our nation is already trillions of dollars in debt and this latest expansion of federal government will accelerate our great nation more quickly towards bankruptcy. Not only did I just witness my children’s futures being auctioned off on the House floor, I also watched congressional souls being bought and sold. Bart Stupak, the Catholic Democrat and poster child of the pro-life movement during the national health care debate during the last few months, actually stood there like a man possessed urging his Republican counterparts to vote against the language of his previous amendment which ensured no federal expansion of elective abortions. I apologize but I am at a loss for words. I need to go pray.

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