Category: Catholic Identity

The Maryknoll Annual Essay Contest for middle and high schools is underway! 

Maryknoll has launched our Annual Essay Contest for middle and high schools! Here’s the website with all the details:  Here’s the assignment: Write an essay explaining what you think the pope means by “a civilization of love.” What signs have you seen during these extraordinary times of people building a civilization of love? How will […]

Christ in the Classroom Local Retreats – Update

Friday, October 16, 2020 was originally designated archdiocesan day for the CIC Foundation LOCAL Retreats but with the implications of Covid-19 and all schools working tirelessly to open schools appropriately, this date has been released and adjustments have been given to allow each school FLEXIBILITY in meeting their local Catechetical certification and renewal requirements during […]

Christ in the Classroom Level I – Catechetical Certification for Teachers of Religion

Christ in the Classroom Level I – Catechetical Certification for Teachers of Religion Level I online coursework through Augustine Institute’s Symbolon program and the Archdiocese of Seattle, Office for Catholic Schools, for teachers of religion and elementary school principals. 2020-2021: CIC Level I- Catechetical Certification is minimally required for teachers of religion and elementary school […]

Respect Life Month Toolkit – Catholic Mobilizing Network

October is Respect Life Month, a time for Catholics to reflect more deeply on the God-given dignity of all human life. Beginning on Respect Life Sunday (October 4th, 2020), Catholics across the U.S. will recommit themselves to the work of uplifting this core tenet of our faith. CMN’s annual Respect Life Month Toolkit offers a selection […]

Racism Resources

Summer and Fall 2020 has been a time for gathering resources, sharing, reflecting and developing a call to action to eradicate racism. special thank you to our school leaders and our Catholic school librarians for sharing resources to bless our school communities. Thank you! ACE Advocates Summit -Called to HOPE ActionStepsToErdicateRacism-AnInvitationFromUSCCB Archbishop Etienne Statement on […]

Upcoming Livestream School Masses with Archbishop Etienne

Upcoming Livestream School Masses with Archbishop Etienne Tuesday, October 20th at 8:00 AM with host school, Eastside Catholic, Deacon Scott Pickett, Campus Ministry lead. Livestream vimeo link: [] Tuesday, November 10th at 8:00 AM with host school, Holy Names Academy, Julie Tilghman, Campus Ministry lead. Livestream vimeo link: [] Feast of the Immaculate […]

A call for national prayer to Our Lady of the Rosary – October 7

+September 30, 2020 Dear Parish Leadership, Peace be with you! Next week, Wednesday, October 7, the Archdiocese of Seattle will join in solidarity with Archbishop Gomez, president of the USCCB, to celebrate the memorial of Our Lady of the Rosary. This national prayer event is designed to unite Catholics across the country in a moment […]

October is Mental Illness Awareness Month

October 4-10, 2020 Mental Health Awareness Week From our partners at NAMI: The theme of this year’s Mental Illness Awareness Week is, “What People with Mental Illness Want You to Know.” Throughout the week, we will be raising the voices of those with lived experience to talk about some of the conditions and symptoms that […]

WSCC – Letter from WA State Bishops – Voter Registration

September 10, 2020 Dear Priests, Deacons, and Pastoral Leadership, The Washington State Catholic Conference (WSCC) is the common voice of the Catholic Bishops of the Archdiocese of Seattle, the Diocese of Spokane, and the Diocese of Yakima.  We wish to notify you of our support and encouragement for setting up voter education and registration booths […]

Weaving our Renewed World: Advanced Missionary Discipleship Formation Seminar – Maryknoll

Weaving our Renewed World: Advanced Missionary Discipleship Formation Seminar – Maryknoll The world and its people are groaning in pain. Many of the groans are from loss… loss of family members and friends; loss of time planned with loved ones, both celebrating and grieving; loss of jobs and dreams. Maybe, just maybe, some of the […]

Virtual connections with our Religion Publishers

Covid-19 has taught us that we need to think differently as we embrace the 20-21 school year.  Over the course of this school year, I am inviting many of our RELIGION publishers to join for a LUNCH and LEARN session from Noon to 1 PM so you and/or your curriculum support teach, can jump online […]

Livestream Mass with Archbishop reaches 2000 views!

THANK YOU! As many of you witnessed on Monday, September 14th, Archbishop Paul Etienne celebrated the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross with all the Catholic schools of the Archdiocese of Seattle. While we could not gather for this Mass in Seattle, we did so through livestreaming. The archbishop shared a vision of the […]

The Magis Center: The Purposeful Universe

The Magis Center just launched a new John Templeton Foundation funded campaign, “The Purposeful Universe.”   Through mid-December, the campaign will be promoted to journalists, bloggers, and social media platforms. This is a wonderful complement for those using Credible Catholic religion resources shared last year. The Magis Center initiated a new video campaign called “The Purposeful […]

20-21 Diversified Learners Committee Updates and Schedule

Diversified Learners Committee is #igniting hope this new school year! With the wisdom of our co-chair, Dan Sherman, Principal, St. Paul School, we have been working on various items since June. Due to the nature of this year, we are offering regular DLC check-ins monthly via zoom. As a few of you know, our surprise […]

PSESD PD Offerings – UDL: Equality, Equity and Inclusive Practices

3 part series through Puget Sound ESD (Audience: Diversified Learners) The Case for UDL: Equality, Equity and Inclusive Practices: IPP Module 1 – NO COST October 15, 29, and Nov.12, 2020 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM Module 1: In this first Inclusionary Practices Project (IPP) Module, The Case for UDL: Equality, Equity, and Inclusive Practices, […]

Elementary SEL School Counselors Mtgs – 20-21

Through Spring 2020, our Catholic schools learned quickly the impact of effective mental health supports for students and adults. Two key Elementary SEL Counselors who were instrumental in sharing resources an SEL networking support  were Katie Denniston, Our Lady of the Lake School, Seattle and Christy Dahl, Assumption-St. Bridget School, Assumption. THANK YOU! It is […]

Maryknoll Magazine Highlights MDI SEATTLE

Maryknoll Magazine has published an article in the September/October 2020 edition with a terrific story of the Missionary Discipleship Institute partnership between Maryknoll Missionaries and the Office for Catholic Schools. Please visit: Maryknoll-mag-sept-oct-2020- MDI SEATTLE and savor our story on pages 44 -49! It is worth reading! It is worth sending home to your MDI […]

Pray for our Deacon Candidates – September 19

Deacon Candidates for the Archdiocese of Seattle will be instituted in the ministry of acolyte this September 19th, the last major step before ordination on December 19. Please pray for all Deacon candidates, especially, our own Mr. Michael Cantu, Principal, St. Anthony School, Renton.  

Mental Health Supports for Our Communities

September is Suicide Prevention Month – Check out the communications toolkit document that outlines the key themes, takeaways, and messages that any Washington State agency, partner organization, or school district can use to raise awareness of resources and help available to those who are struggling. (This information is courtesy of the Joint Information Center’s Mental […]

Congratulations to Centro Rendu – Our PAM Partner!

CONGRATULATIONS! Centro Rendu was a CCHD Grant recipient and is highlighted for their work in the following communicationn: CentroRenduCCHD- August2020 Centro Rendu: Centro Rendu, an SVdP program in South King County, provides case management, literacy education, and advocacy to increase stability, parent engagement, self-empowerment, and civic involvement for Latino families. Centro Rendu served 958 individuals […]

Catholic Identity, Mission Effectiveness, CIC and Religion Updates

CIC: Christ in the Classroom – Our Catechetical Certification Program in the Archdiocese of of Seattle for Catholic Schools The Christ in the Classroom Program integrates catechetical core content extracted directly from the PreK – 8 Religion Curriculum and Standards and the 9 – 12 Religion Standards developed by the Office for Catholic Schools, as […]

20-21 MDI Schools

We welcome our MDI Schools 2020-21 – Our list is growing and if your school wants to join us, there is still time. Confirmed: Christ the King, Seattle Holy Family Bilingual School, Seattle Holy Family, Kirkland Holy Rosary, West Seattle Our Lady of Fatima, Seattle Our Lady of Guadalupe, West Seattle St. Benedict, Seattle St. […]

Archdiocese of Seattle Appoints Members of Special Taskforce

Archdiocese of Seattle Appoints Members of Special Taskforce Seattle, WA, August 13, 2020 – Today the Archdiocese of Seattle announced the members of its Special Taskforce for Catholic Schools led by Father Ronald Nuzzi. Requested by Archbishop Paul. D. Etienne, this taskforce will spend the next year studying church teachings, examining best practices among Catholic […]

Prayer Online Resources

God of Light and Love, Heavenly Father, We thank you for the gift of hope that burns as a light in each one of us. Help us to see this light within ourselves, and to remember that you are the source of this light. When times are difficult, help us to find strength in you […]

Immediate Mental Health Support Resources

For our littlest ones….New DANIEL TIGER’S NEIGHBORHOOD Special, Created in Response to COVID-19, Premieres August 17 on PBS KIDS to read more, for schedule please click here NAMI SEATTLE is an excellent resource for schools and families. Please take a moment to review their current offerings. NEW! Parent Weekly Support Calls are now available! Click […]

August 17-20, 2020 Liturgy Week Training is Happening!

Please join us! Liturgy Week! August 17 – 20 from 10AM – Noon. FREE but registration is required. A series of online trainings for you to share with your Campus Ministers and Liturgy Coordinators for schools and parishes! Ready to take your  masses from 1.0 to 2.0?? Monday –Thursday, August 17 –20, 2020 10:00am –12:00pm […]

2020 WORKING ON THE MARGINS CCHD GRANTS – Due September 30, 2020

Looking for a grant to integrate with your religion curriculum … MDI work, social justice, peace and justice, parish – school initiatives? Consider the 2020 CCHD Grant through the Archdiocese of Seattle, Catholic Campaign for Human Development, WORKING ON THE MARGINS. 2020 CCHD Local Development Grant Application 2020 CCHD Local TA Grant Application 2020 CCHD […]

Sacred Story Institute – Father Bill Watson

The Sacred Story Institute is dedicated to Missionary Discipleship Formation through the promotion of the 15-Minute Ignatian Examen and Confession. Archbishop Etienne is the Ecclesisatical Advisor for the Sacred Story Institute lifting up two programs, Sacred Story Youth and True Heart-Young Adults.  The Archbishops heartily supports these Ignatian Spirituality formation programs and all materials which […]

U.S. Bishops’ President, Cardinals, and Committee Chairman Press Congress for Emergency Aid for Catholic Schools – Aug. 6, 2020

  August 6, 2020 WASHINGTON- Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles and president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), Cardinal Seán P. O’Malley, OFM, Cap. of Boston, Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York, Cardinal Blase J. Cupich of Chicago, Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, C.Ss.R. of Newark and Bishop Michael C. Barber, […]