An Introduction to Catholic Education
Current Perspectives

Michael T Buchanan
School of Education
Australian Catholic University
Melbourne, Victoria

Richard Rymarz
St Josephs College
University of Alberta
Edmonton, Canada

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112 pages, 240x174mm, Softcover
ISBN 9781921333-026

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The Book
Educators play a vital role in ensuring that the Catholic school achieves its aims. An Introduction to Catholic Education is designed to enable professional educators working in Catholic schools, as well as those who plan to work in Catholic schools to reflect on and develop their understanding of the mission of Catholic education and their role within it. This book is oriented toward enabling reader-participants to consider the aims of Catholic education and the role of a teacher in the light of current perspectives and research pertaining to Catholic education.


Both authors have been highly experienced and successful teachers in Catholic schools and are effective teacher educators in Catholic tertiary settings. This book is infused with their experience and knowledge and draws on the wisdom emanating from Church documents and current research and theory about the Catholic tradition as it applies to Catholic schools.

The Authors
Michael T Buchanan PhD was educated in the Marist tradition attending Immaculate Heart College, St Joseph’s College and Redden Catholic College. His formation as a secondary educator was influenced by the Mercy, Edmund Rice and Ignatian traditions of education. He has held positions of leadership in faith and religious education and administration and he is currently a member of the Faculty of Education at Australian Catholic University where he lectures in post graduate and graduate courses in religious education, curriculum and education studies. He has published in national and international journals in the areas of religious education, curriculum and leadership.

Richard Rymarz EdD holds the Peter and Doris Kule Chair in Catholic Religious Education at St Joseph’s College, University of Alberta Edmonton Canada. Prior to this he was a senior lecturer in Religious Education at Australian Catholic University. He has also been a secondary school teacher in the Archdiocese of Melbourne. He has a long standing interest in how groups pass on religious beliefs, especially to youth and young adults. Dr Rymarz has published widely on Catholic schools covering topics such as developing religious identity to better supporting teachers in the classroom.

Chapter 1: Perspectives on the aims of the Catholic school
Chapter 2: Some aims of the Catholic school reflected in various Church documents
Chapter 3: The role of a teacher in a Catholic school
Chapter 4: Some contemporary perspectives on the religious and spiritual lives of adolescents
Chapter 5: The interface between the spiritual and religious in Catholic schools
Chapter 6: Revelation: understanding revelation in the Catholic context: An introduction to Dei Verbum
Chapter 7: The Bible: a sacred text
Chapter 8: Sacraments and Catholic schools
Chapter 9: Catholic perspectives on moral issues
Chapter 10: Justice and peace: Catholic social teaching