Fr Eamonn Conway on how Pope Francis encouraged the educational work and spirituality of the GRACE project at a recent meeting with an Irish study group in Rome.
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Global Researchers Advancing Catholic Education (G.R.A.C.E.) is an international research-based partnership between Mary Immaculate College Limerick, Boston College, United States, the University of Notre Dame Fremantle, Australia, and St Mary’s University in Twickenham, London. GRACE also works in partnership with OIEC (International Office of Catholic Education). As an emerging community of practice (Wenger, 2000), G.R.A.C.E. provides an original opportunity for scholars of Catholic education and theology in our respective countries to affirm, study, collaborate, and respond meaningfully to challenges we face in the field.
Toward this end, our initiative:
- Seeks a deeper study of ecclesiology and Christian anthropology and its significance for Catholic education
- Pursues new theories of Catholic education based on empirical research
- Strengthens a global argument for the importance of faith-based schools in a plural society
- Attunes educators’ abilities to notice, engage, and celebrate the presence of God’s grace in the world
- This partnership promotes research and learning to develop the head, heart, and hands of Catholic education.