US Catholic Faith in Real Life

The dish on school lunches

By Caitlyn Schmid |
blog Lifestyle

Schools lunches have been served up in the news a lot recently.

As most children anxiously anticipate summer vacation—a time to sleep in, go biking with friends, camp, and avoid anything having to do with homework—others dread the last dismissal bell. Those who rely on the routine of receiving breakfast and lunch at school are found without easily accessible nutrition and live in uncertainty of where their next meal is coming.

Does the Common Core force schools to compromise their Catholic identity?

By Scott Alessi |
blog Lifestyle

As the school year winds down and children start looking ahead to summer vacation, the heated debate about the national Common Core standards shows no signs of letting up. But while the debate in public (and some private) schools revolves mostly around the question of whether or not the standards are the right way to go when it comes to giving students the best possible education, Catholic school parents are debating a different issue.

Catholic teachers say "No" to new contract clause

By Caitlyn Schmid |
blog Justice

In lieu of the many recent instances where employees of Catholic institutions—ranging from food pantry workers to teachers—were forced to leave their positions, some employees have willingly made the decision not to renew their work contracts due to conflicts in belief.

How is hook-up culture affecting college students?

By A U.S. Catholic interview |
Article Lifestyle

In our May 2014 issue, the editors at U.S. Catholic interviewed theologian Emily Reimer-Barry, professor of theology at the University of San Diego about the messages women receive from the church. Here, she talks more about some of the challenges her students face regarding hook-up culture, and the implications for young people and the church.

Student loans affect more than just your wallet

By Caitlyn Schmid |
blog Lifestyle

I know firsthand how hard it can be. It’s a daily struggle that now affects 1 in 5 American households. It affects your every decision. It’s a crippling feeling felt deep in the pit of your stomach. It keeps you up at night. As the student loan debt of America has crept over $1 trillion and many millennials expect to spend decades to pay for college, the problem with student loans is not going away any time soon.

How Catholic colleges can and should help DREAMers

By Donna M. Carroll |
Article Justice
One university president shares tips on how to welcome and support undocumented students.

My involvement with immigration reform started with one student on a bicycle in a snow storm. How else, I learned, could he get to school without a driver’s license, which was not an option for an undocumented student in Illinois in 2007? Neither was a campus job, though he was an honors student majoring in economics. He asked for my help, tentatively at first—not for himself, but for the dream of citizenship—and so it all began.

Will the church get on board with the push for universal pre-K?

By Scott Alessi |
blog Your Faith

How much do you remember about your first day of kindergarten? That might depend on how good your memory is and how many years ago it was, but it also might have something to do with what you were doing in the years prior. For some children, kindergarten is their first foray into the world of education, their first time away from home, their first experience inside a classroom alongside other kids. That's how it was for me, and I know it was a big adjustment that took some getting used to.

The benefits of emphasizing equality in education

By Elizabeth Lefebvre |
blog Lifestyle

Just imagine this educational landscape: Free schooling—including at the university level. Continued support for teachers. No high-stakes standardized tests. More recess and breaks for hands-on projects. More equality?

Catholic schools unite—you have nothing to lose but your deficits!

By Catherine O'Connell-Cahill |
blog Lifestyle

Let’s hear it for the intrepid staff at St. Anthony High School in Jersey City, N.J., who have not only embarked on a bold multimedia fundraising campaign to secure the school’s future, Anthony 2020, but have also created a new online community, Faith in Education, showcasing the success stories of Catholic schools across the country. The site’s creators hope to spark conversation about Catholic schools on a national level.