Symposium: Raising Catholic Kids
What are Catholic parents doing to raise their children Catholic, and what are some of the issues they're facing? Commonweal asked seven parents to contribute their reflections and recollections in this special series on rooting family in faith. From helping children discern their vocations to finding grace in small moments, from worrying about the church their children will inherit to learning humility through parental failure, our contributors recall the challenges they encountered, as well as what they achieved, in their efforts to give their children roots in the Catholic tradition.
In the first three installments of our series, J. Peter Nixon, Liam Callanan, and Christopher C. Roberts offer their accounts of raising their children as Catholics. Nixon writes on what it was like to trying to give his children deep roots in the Catholic tradtion after growing up in a "decidedly ambivalent" family. Callanan comments on his worries about the kind of church his daughters will inherit. And Roberts talks about "our vocation to help our childen discern their vocation." The full stories appear below.
In the other three installments, Sidney Callahan, Peter Liebold and Liz McCloskey, and Eleanor Sauer reflect on their experiences raising Catholic children. Callahan writes on being "the designated believer in the family." Liebold and McCloskey talk about the need to explain the tough doctrinal issues and, when necessary, admitting to doubt. And Eleanor Sauers writes on the effectiveness of modeling as a teaching strategy.