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McNicholas educators accepted to Notre Dame seminar

Goines.jpgMcNicholas High School educators Mrs. Regina Goines and Mr. David Sandmann have been accepted for this summer's Science and Religion Initiative at the University of Notre Dame. The Initiative teaches methods that enhance the dialogue between science and religion in Catholic education, challenging the notion that the two disciplines are in conflict.

Goines and Sandmann will attend with Mercy McAuley High School science teacher Sharon Harris. Vice Director of the Vatican Observatory Rev. Paul R. Mueller S.J. has agreed to serve as a special consultant to the team.

During the week-long seminar in June, science teachers like Goines will explore how to engage the Catholic vision of creation and the human person while upholding the integrity and value of independent scientific investigation. Religion teachers like Sandmann will explore how science informs and enhances their appreciation of God's creation and action.

The opportunity fits well with McNicholas' focus on STEAM according to Dave Mueller, principal of McNicholas High School. "My hope is that our team will develop a deeper understanding of the task of Catholic education to create a synthesis of culture and faith and bring that back to the student at McNicholas and the Archdiocese," Mueller said. "Schools like McNicholas are the best place to train students to solve messy problems through a Catholic lens."
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