Last Updated: Friday - 09/24/2010
Week of May 21, 2007
Chief superintendent brings faith to school
Calgary Catholic School District's Lucy Miller strives to meet the needs of children, families, staff
By VIRGINIA BATTISTE
"I want them to pray that I will be able to know, and discern, what is needed to move Catholic education forward."
- Lucy Miller
At her installation at St. Mary's Cathedral in Calgary as chief superintendent on Good Shepherd Sunday, April 29, Bishop Frederick Henry admonished Miller to see her role as that of a shepherd caring for the flock of Calgary Catholic schools.
She agrees with the imagery and wants children to know God is always with them, just as she did in her school experience.
"Having a child know that God loves them and will always be with them is the most important thing we can impart to them as part of their experience of Catholic education.
"And that holds true for teachers, support staff and the parents as well."
Miller's focus in the district will be on linking student success to the Gospel message and transmitting the moral imperatives that are associated with being Catholic.
"That is the most important distinction between a Catholic education system and any other one.
"There is a lot of competition in education and the one thing we offer that no one else does is that Catholic education is grounded in the awareness that God loves us and will not leave us."
Miller has been using her first few weeks in her new position to visit each of the district's 98 schools.
So far she has made the rounds to about one quarter of the schools where she is visiting each classroom to meet students, teachers and support staff, letting them get to know her.
She has also begun to attend parent group meetings and intends to meet with other partners in the education process, including the parish priests, to get a clearer idea of the challenges facing the district at every level.
Asked what her vision is for the district itself, she candidly admits she does not have one because she has not yet met with everyone involved.
She is asking the students and staff she has met to pray that she would be what the district needs.
"I want them to pray that I will be able to know, and discern, what is needed to move Catholic education forward, in the district, and to meet the needs of all those involved, including every child, family and staff member."
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