Question #1:
What strategies have you developed for the formation of the adult community as saints savants? What personal and professional development do you offer? What help do you look for from the Society?
(Discussion and Sharing)

We each took a few minutes to think about how we would respond to the question and then we shared our thoughts:
• Director for Mission in ANZ - come to each school to induct new people into; responsible for new board members to educate them to mission and governance; twilight retreat on SMS; ran a parent education evening led by students on each of the goals

• SHCOG process - makes you look at all the different groups of adults; how can we pull them into this process; what we are good at and what we need to work on

• Many things offered in the Network; Mission on TAP - one evening where in a small group you were sharing your own story about how you ended up at Sacred Heart and why you stay; trying to coordinate things that we already do to incorporate adults in one of our 3 other schools; created a class for 7th and 8th grade girls called Goals and Criteria

• very primary stage - teachers' basic training is very poor; must begin with their training; orientation and planning for one week that helps them to become more reflective about their value systems; setting goals for years; sharing what came out of the provincial assembly; follow-up with monthly meetings of different committees; parent-teacher meetings - a certain amount of education takes place; many of the parents are either uneducated or first generation with an education• triage - reflection; administration meeting because they are responsible for formation of faculty; new faculty/staff orientation where teachers are introduced to the mission and history of the school and history and evolution of the Goals and Criteria

• interviewing people - a good bit of information about who we are; when someone is hired, speak more about who we are, etc., provide them with materials; occasionally send our faculty to Network activities; faculty retreat; speak weekly to faculty and students; try to communicate in mailings the mission to parents• interview process - what it means to be a Sacred Heart; percentage of time has to be devoted to the ethos of the school; staff have opportunities to pray together, informal and reflective; in secondary schools, there is a chaplain; Hammersmith has introduced silence at the end of the day with a reflective question; most important strategy is about the relationships you enter into; Network (Europe) meetings of staff, etc. RSCJ input; hope to introduce a Network booklet with key competencies of SH educators; Chris is keen on having a Network faculty/staff retreat.

• Focus groups; Sr. Sun simplified the orientations of the General Chapter; in Korea, there are 14 RSCJ, so we take for granted that formation is just happening; formation needs to be intentional

• interviewing with perspective faculty and staff in order to identify whether or not the values of Goals and Criteria are within that person; 2 faculty/staff retreats and a day of service; parents - coffee at every grade level; Mums of Alums sponsor a speaker series - RSCJ speakers; board orientation; each board meeting has an agenda item that is formation to mission; board retreat has an element of formation to mission. Formation to Mission Committee; monthly administration meeting focus; formation to mission meeting at every alumnae gathering;

• loss of RSCJ head has forced us to work on how to carry on the mission; every Wednesday, every teacher has to share a reflection with students at an assembly; 2 day for retreat; lay faculty are having to take on responsibility for mission

• need to be the bridges between faculty and staff and RSCJ; pilgrimages to Joigny and Rome; to St. Charles; every Thursday afternoon, 30 minutes of formation by principals;

• as a lay head, formation to mission has been a major goal since my beginning of my tenure; interviewing process which allows candidate to review the Goals and Criteria and then allows them to explain how they would deal with a certain situation in light of the goals; parent formation - meet with all of the incoming parents in groups of no more than 8 to talk about Goals and Criteria, history of the school, Society of the Sacred Heart; tells the parents that the adult community will be modeling these goals to their daughters and then challenge the parents to live the goals, too

• 5 RSCJ present in the school; I learn from what they do; interviewing process with new teachers and parents. Mass once a week for each division. Parents are what I am mostly concentrating on because they come from different backgrounds. Students bring the spirit and the mission to their parents. Twice a year, three day retreat about formation to mission, always about something from St. Madeleine Sophie.

• Booklet for parents on what is expected of each of them in terms of living the goals

• Parent newsletter always has a section on formation to mission. For years, the head did this, but for the past two years other members of the adult community have written the article

• Different members of the board share about formation to mission• Meetings of chaplains once a year - from this came a project for each school to accomplish; a chaplaincy blog Professional and personal development

• offered faculty and staff the opportunity to participate in one of several days of prayer sponsored by the Jesuit Spirituality Center

www.sofie.org - lots of resources, etc.
From the Society• knowing the resources• use of the international website to host videos, etc.

• pairing of schools internationally for sharing

• Facebook for current students - something that formalizes • school websites given to everyone• perhaps the US Network could serve as the clearinghouse for resources, videos, etc from all over the world

• International Youth Day - a day

• bring students and faculty together for several days - two separate meetings

• formation of parents, moving from having RSCJ to lay collaborators assuming more responsibility for formation to mission; identifying faculty and staff who are committed to the mission to the mission; empowering faculty and staff to take on the mission; everyone's personal commitment to the mission; formation of trustees




Our conversation about what we are doing.
Main themes: formation of parents, moving from having RSCJ to lay collaborators assuming more responsibility for formation to mission; identifying faculty and staff who are committed to the mission to the mission; empowering faculty and staff to take on the mission; everyone's personal commitment to the mission; formation of trustees by students and others

What we need from the Society or perhaps from outselves knowing the resources use of the international website to host videos, etc.
pairing of schools internationally for sharing Facebook for current students - something that formalizes school websites given to everyone perhaps the US Network could serve as the clearinghouse for resources, videos, etc from all over the world International Youth Day - a day bring students and faculty together for several days - two separate meetings

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1. Formation of the Adult Community (Lynn Lieux)
- formation of parents
- difficulty in schools w/o RSCJ
- hiring process: hiring the right people for mission
- formation of trustees
- need from the Society/ each other:
-- resources, clearinghouse to share resources
-- pairing our schools internationally
-- Facebook page for our students; students have no orginization for sharing
--- international youth day/ time for students to share
(Gerry Grossman)