Southern MD Catholic School Principals, Teachers Hear Tips on How to Boost Students’ “Soul Formation”

August 23, 2005

Nearly 250 principals and teachers from 12 Southern Maryland Catholic elementary schools will jump start the school year with a workshop on how to boost students’ “soul formation”: strengthening students’ sense of security and independence, as well as their initiative, follow-through and awareness of God’s unconditional love:

Thursday, August 25, 2005
9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
St. Mary School
13735 Notre Dame Place, Bryantown, MD

Teaching faith and values are an integral part of a Catholic school education. This workshop is designed to give principals and teachers examples and practical tips to help them foster their students’ personal and spiritual growth, as well as reinforce the partnerships between parents and teachers. The information will build upon an initiative already underway, Values First, that has been implemented in the Archdiocese of Washington’s Catholic schools over the past two years to teach and reinforce core values such as honesty, respect, responsibility and cooperation.

The workshop presenter will be Sister Pat McCormack, Ed.D., a popular lecturer, director of Formative Parenting Support Services and author of several books on parenting.

The first day of classes for Archdiocesan Catholic schools will be Tuesday, August 30. The Archdiocese of Washington includes 112 schools educating nearly 33,500 students in the District of Columbia and Calvert, Charles, Montgomery, Prince George’s and St. Mary’s counties in Maryland. Catholic school information is online at

Jennifer Reed
Assistant Director of Communications for Schools
[email protected]