Ruah Woods is proud to play a lead role in introducing School of Faith to the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. It is the vision of Archbishop Schnurr that “the School of Faith will be a catalyst for helping the entire Archdiocese prioritize lifelong education and formation.” This is not your typical professional development program. This is a personal transformation through an encounter with Christ. The program focus for each teacher is simple – making real the love of Christ to the young people entrusted to their care.
Holy Family School of Faith’s program of Catholic formation is designed to provide faith formation for the faculty and administration of a Catholic school. Its purpose is to provide the theological foundation upon which an authentic Catholic culture can be developed. It is comprehensive in its content, but always with the intent of explaining the faith in a simple and engaging way.
1. Intellectual Formation in the Catholic ideas or truths by studying the Old and New Testament, the Catechism of the Catholic Church, virtue, moral principles, social doctrine, and the theology of the body.
2. Interior formation concentrating on growth in a deep relationship with Christ through prayer.
3. Community and friendship, as our faith is relational.
4. Spiritual Apostolate: Apply the truth, beauty, and goodness of the Catholic faith to everything we do in the school, as an application of our baptismal mission to draw others to Christ and his Church.
The program is designed to provide each school with 30 hours of instructor-lead faith formation during the school year (August to May). 30 contact hours per year are necessary to develop all four pillars. We have found that meeting once a month for three hours during a span of 10 months is most effective format. Cognizant of the many time constraints a school faces, the School of Faith will work with each school to create a schedule of formation which best suits the individual school. We recognize that flexibility is essential as long as we conduct this formation in such a way that promotes retention, continuity and cohesiveness.
As part of the program, Ruah Woods staff is presenting Theology of the Body to teachers in collaboration with School of Faith. We are committed to forming teachers so they are equipped to share Theology of the Body with their students. We will continue to serve as a support system for teachers and students, fielding questions and providing timely advice on how to convey this teaching in the classroom.