During his fourth year of Irish seminary, Thomas Groome was assigned to teach religion class to high school sophomores. By the end of the second week, he knew he was “failing miserably.” So he asked his students what they were interested in learning. “The secret was to bring life to faith, and faith to life,” he says.
Groome continues to implement this approach in his contemporary work. A professor of theology and religious education at Boston College, his primary areas of interest and research are the history, theory, and practice of religious education. Educating for Life: A Spiritual Vision for Every Teacher and Parent, published in 2001, mirrors his teaching style—full of stories, examples, and good questions. His most recent books include Reclaiming Catholicism: Treasures Old and New (editor) (2010), and What Makes Us Catholic: Eight Gifts for Life (2003).
In the video, Groome examines the intersection between religious education and practical theology.
Hosted by the School of Theology’s Center for Practical Theology on September 22, 2010.
One of my favorite finds this week. Father Michael Himes gives a ‘last lecture’ at Boston College and expands on the heart and the soul of giving yourself away as Christ commands. Or does he command?
It might just be that I enjoy Himes need to talk with his hands. He is quite animated.
Fr. Michael Himes, professor of theology at Boston College, presents a last lecture—a talk in which the speaker shares his or her wisdom about the most important things in life. Fr. Himes is the author of numerous articles and books, including two that were recognized with the Catholic Press Association Book Award in Theology: Fullness of Faith: The Public Significance of Theology (Paulist Press, 1993) and Ongoing Incarnation: Johann Adam Möhler and the Beginnings of Modern Ecclesiology (Crossroad Herder, 1997). In 1992 the Boston College chapter of Phi Beta Kappa presented him with its Award for Outstanding Teaching.