Avila: Salesian Charism

Avila Partnership Leads Catholic Formation Programme- Salesian Charism Seminar

The Avila Partnership welcomed twenty Catholic Primary and Secondary Schools to the ‘What Makes Great Catholic Schools’ second seminar on Thursday 14th November. The Keynote Speaker Fr David O’Malley from the Salesians School’s based in Battersea introduced the idea of Charism to the delegates. Fr David explained the origins of Charisms and where they may be headed in their future life cycle. He stated the Charism of the laity is something that he can see a future in for the Church.  Delegates were very complimentary in their feedback stating  “It was a superb morning, which was energy giving and I am beginning to understand Charism”. It is the hope of the Avila Partnership that all delegates were left with inspiration for their own schools Charisms and Spiritualities.

Two Salesian Headteachers also joined us for the morning and gave presentations about what being a Salesian school means to them. Mr Paul Dunne from St John Bosco’s College gave an account of what it was like to be a student in a Salesian School, from his own experience. How this contributed to his formation and led to his journey into teaching. Mr James Kibble of The Salesian School in Chertsey outlined the practical spirit of the Salesians and how the Charism is lived in his school. Both talks left Delegates with a clear idea of the Charism of St John Bosco. All three speakers outlined the main message of ‘loving kindness’ a reminder for teachers to be present not just a presence.  

Delegates later had the chance to discuss any wider reading they may have done and in particular revisit ‘Christus Vivit’ Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation to young people which was given to delegates at seminar 1.

Seminar 3 in January will discuss equalities in Catholic schools with keynote speaker Dr Gemma Simmonds CJ from Cambridge University. The Avila Partnerships aims to contribute to the formation goals of the Diocese in providing great Catholic education.

For further information about the programme, please email Rebecca.Paterson@avila.education

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