Catholic Schools in the Diocese of Austin form a unified school system made up of 23 Catholic schools ranging from Pre-K to 12th grade that collectively educate over 5,000 students across Central Texas. The entire school system stretches from the city of West in the north to Buda in the south, and from Bryan-College Station area in the east to Killeen in the west.
Office of Catholic Schools, in service to principals and communities, assists Catholic schools in the formation of its members in their spiritual, intellectual, emotional, physical and social lives. The schools, in turn, provide opportunities for its students, families, faculty, staff and board members to grow in a commitment to be faithful disciples of Jesus Christ.
The office also coordinates accreditation, curriculum, testing, training and policy development for the approximately 571 teachers serving in the schools. All of the diocesan schools follow an accreditation process that is prescribed by the Texas Catholic Conference Education Department, recognized by the Texas Education Agency, and directed by the diocesan superintendent’s office. Visit the Catholic Schools in the Diocese of Austin's website at www.csdatx.org
The Office of Evangelization and Catechesis (previously the office of Religious Education and Formation) serves the diocese by supporting the evangelization and faith formation of adults, adolescents and children. Besides assisting in the education and formation of parish catechetical leaders, catechists, and Catholic School personnel, the Office provides resources and support to parishes and groups so that they can more effectively embrace the Church’s mission both to be evangelized and to evangelize, according to the spirituality of the New Evangelization, which proposes the Gospel message anew in its “ardor, methods, and expression.”
Through the sacrament of baptism, each person receives a "call" or vocation. God calls all who are baptized to holiness and to serve. This call to holiness and service is lived as a single, married, ordained or consecrated person.
The Office of Vocations promotes the universal call of all Christians and highlights the unique call to church ministries -- priesthood and religious life.
Fr. Jonathan Raia, director; Julie Gray, administrative assistant -- recruits, counsels and assists seminarians during their formation to the priesthood. The office offers programs and retreats for men and women who are interested in discerning a call to the consecrated life. The office also works to increase awareness of the need for vocations. Please visit us at austinvocations.com
Spiritual direction is the art of Christian listening, a sacred relationship in which the director helps someone uncover and discover the direction of God in their lives. A Spiritual director has been called by God and trained to companion another person on the spiritual journey. Spiritual Direction is more about asking the questions than about giving the answers. It is a ministry of the Holy Spirit. The Diocese of Austin sponsors the Institute of Spiritual Direction and the training takes three years. For more information please call Beverly Collin at 254-780-2436 or email her at Beverlyfirstname.lastname@example.org
“Sexuality is a fundamental component of personality, one of its modes of being, of manifestation, of communicating with others, of feeling, of expressing and of living human love.” (Educational Guidelines in Human Love, 4). In a culture that often reduces the significance of human love and sexuality and provides “depersonalized, recreational and often pessimistic information” (Truth and Meaning of Human Sexuality, 1), parents struggle to give their children an adequate education in regard to the true meaning of sexuality. With a keen awareness of this problem and with true love for the human person, Blessed John Paul II labored to offer an adequate anthropology, or understanding of the human person, to the Church and to the world during his years of service as priest, bishop and pope. In his teaching, popularly known as Theology of the Body and better understood as a catechesis on human love, the late Holy Father offered his reflections on the meaning of the body and the human person. This certification offers the wisdom of the Church to catechists for education in human love and sexuality, in particular incorporating Blessed John Paul II’s catechesis on human love which helps us to understand the human person in a way so radically different from the current culture.