It came as somewhat of a surprise to me that on the eve of what was going to be a free and relaxing three-day weekend, the Lord had other plans for me. My fellow TC Educator, Lucas T. Berke, came down with a nasty case of the flu, and at the very last minute needed a substitute for the freshmen retreat he and other TC Educator Colby Cantillon were asked to support in their roles with Chesterton Academy. Friday night I packed my bags, and Saturday morning I was up and ready to go. We met the Chesterton parents and students at Saint. Mark's, and from there headed on out.
I can honestly say that Teach for Christ is the best decision I have ever made in my adult life. It has challenged me to grow in my faith, to trust in the greater goodness of humanity, and has helped me understand God’s plan for my life...at least for the next nine months.
St. Joseph is not depicted as saying much in the Gospels. In fact, at no point in the New Testament does it actually mention him saying a word. This perceived silence often causes us to view him as a mere placeholder, as Mary and Jesus’ glorified Secret Service member. We tend to hear his title as ‘Foster Father’ and think that he is only secondarily important. To do this, however, is to sell him far short.
Teach for Christ is not just a program—it is a community. We are young adults serving Christ in Catholic schools, living together, working together, praying and playing together, supporting each other spiritually, personally, and professionally.
Where do green bean casserole, rotisserie chicken, spinach-artichoke dip, and lightly glazed rolls make the perfect meal? Well, here at Teach for Christ, that would be Friendsgiving. Using the choice food descriptor of Educator Colby Cantillon, let’s recount this “tas-TY” occasion (phonetic spelling compliments of his accent).