FAITH FORMATION FOR CATHOLIC TEACHERS
Zonal meet – Keela Eral
The faith formation seminar for the catholic teachers of the south zone was held at Sangamam, Keela Eral on Saturday, 19th November 2016. The resource persons were Srs. Madalaimuthu Angela and Arockiam Gracy Rani and the participants were the teachers of the Salesian educational institution of the south zone. The Seminar began at 9.00 am prayer moments animated by the teachers of R.C. Primary School, Therespuram. This was followed by the welcome address by the teachers of Auxilium College, Regunathapuram.
The seminar had three sessions. Sr. Madalaimuthu Angela animated the first session on the theme ‘Civilization of Love’. She highlighted the Golden words of St. Mother Theresa: “Wherever you go spread your Love’ and explained how Love becomes a creating force’.
The second session was animated by Sr. Arockiam Gracy Rani. She focused on the importance of moral values and the need to use correct methodology in value education. Some of the ideas that she highlighted are: (i) The importance of motivating students by appreciating them; good relationship between students that will assist the students to excel in their studies; the necessity to grasp the importance of moral values and live life accordingly, etc. In order to motivate the teachers to drive home the message to the students that moral values ought to be lived in daily life and in all situations she divided the teachers into four groups: family, society, school and church. Each group was asked to prepare a lesson plan on the following themes: Love, sharing, forgiveness and self respect.
The third session in the afternoon was on the theme ‘Education in the family’ from the Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia’ by Pope Francis. Sr, Arokiam Gracy Rani, the resource person, explained about family being the foundation for relationships, values and spirituality. She also used inspiring songs and games that made the session alive and interactive. After the third session, the participants presented the lesson plans that they were asked to prepare after the second session. All the sessions were well-prepared and presented. The participants were glad to have been part of the seminar as it was an enlightening as well as an enriching experience.
On behalf of all the participants of the south zone, I thank the Mother provincial and all the sisters who in one way or the other made the day a wonderful learning experience. It will definitely help us to renew and strengthen our life of faith.
Mrs. Diana (Teacher)
Auxilium Matriculation School Therespuram