Catholic Education

Professor sets St. Augustine to music

RICHMOND, B.C. - An assistant professor at UBC has fused his interest in blues, jazz and Mexican folk music to create a harmonious discussion on one of his favourite saints.

A new Catholic hub for commuter students

TORONTO - Until he entered the priesthood, the house next to St. Michael’s Cathedral was home for Fr. Seamus Hogan. Today the building is being transformed into a home for Catholic university students, and Hogan couldn’t be happier.

McQueen: Campus voice to Vatican advisor

Surviving cancer won’t bring an appointment to the International Theological Commission. Neither will it matter that you’ve been married forever and surrounded yourself with seven children and nine grandchildren. Volunteering at your parish for everything from the Catholic Women’s League to marriage preparation courses is nice, but it won’t make you part of an elite body of 30 Catholic theologians who advise the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and the pope himself. 

New program takes flight to pay for tuition

Life for post-secondary students is often a time of financial turbulence, but a new program that allows tuition to be paid with Aeroplan reward miles could make for some smoother landings.

Catholic higher education at the service of humanity

There is a perception, which has widened in the last 40 years, that Catholic higher education is no longer compatible with the modern university. A recent article in the Chronicle of Higher Education charged denominational colleges and universities should be refused accreditation for “systematically undermining… skeptical and unfettered inquiry” and “the primacy of reason.” 

Monk mixes art and theology on campus

TORONTO - If you get up close, within centimetres of Br. Emmaus O’Herlihy’s monumental painting of Christ the King, you may see a tear descending from Jesus’ left eye. Or you might not.

Overflow in full-day kindergarten

To meet Ministry of Education deadlines for implementation of full-day kindergarten, the Toronto Catholic school board has resorted to creating makeshift classrooms in gymnasiums and libraries for many of its youngest students.

A century of Catholic education

TORONTO - It’s hard to argue when Krystyna Dix says there’s something special about St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Elementary School.

Schools adjust to influx of autistic students

Grade 12 student Ramy Elsayed has been master of ceremonies at school events, plays saxophone in the school band and is looking forward to joining his school’s work-placement program. In many respects, he is a typical student at St. Mary’s Catholic High School in Toronto. But Elsayed, 18, has autism. 

OCSTA seeks more candidates for trustee elections

Despite reports in August that about half of the candidates for Ontario's school board trustee positions were running uncontested, the Ontario Catholic School Trustees' Association isn't worried about the election's integrity. 

New president comes home to St. Mike’s

TORONTO - The last graduate from St. Michael’s College School to become a Basilian priest is now leading the Basilian-run high school as its president. 

Get to know your local Catholic school

The start of the school year is a time of excitement and anticipation for students, and a time of some anxiety for parents as they see their children off to a new school, a new grade or a new program. These feelings apply regardless of whether the students attend elementary or secondary school, or even if they’re off to college or university. 

Budget constraints force bigger class sizes

TORONTO - A balanced budget for the Toronto Catholic District School Board has made increased class sizes a reality, and that leaves some educators worried about the success of students, specifically those who struggle.