Check out this Catholic High School’s Senior Evangelization Project
On Wednesday, Bishop Sullivan Catholic High School in Virginia Beach, VA, posted a YouTube video about their unique evangelization project. It stirred conversation on Twitter and caught the attention of Bishop Robert Barron.
John Goerke, a theology teacher at Bishop Sullivan, asked his students to read and study the thought of pivotal Catholic writers and theologians such as G.K. Chesterton, Cardinal John Henry Newman, and St. John Paul II’s Fides et Ratio, among others. Then, to fulfill the requirements for their Senior Evangelization Project, Goerke set his students to the task of creating their own video on Catholicism.
— John Thomas Goerke (@JohnTGoerke) April 12, 2018
“I wanted to name the award after a great American evangelist,” says Goerke. “I thought about naming it the ‘Bishop Fulton Sheen Award,’ but I don’t like letting kids use my chalkboard.
“And besides, he was the bishop of the airwaves. You (Bishop Barron) are the bishop of the internet.”
Watch the video here:
After asking influencers in Catholic Twitter for help in re-tweeting their video, the word eventually got to Bishop Barron, who gladly accepted the request. Check out his tweet below:
This morning I woke up to dozens of tweets, encouraging me to watch this video. The students are impressive–smart, articulate, joyful–and I'm deeply encouraged by their work. God bless @JohnTGoerke and his @BpSullivanCHS students! (Of course I accepted.) https://t.co/NuQaqPnPCw
— Bishop Robert Barron (@BishopBarron) April 13, 2018
The video quickly spread throughout Catholic users on Twitter, with excited users reacting very optimistically to the project. Brilliant, isn’t it — what do you think?
Folks. If you’re worried about the future of the church, here is a class and teacher who get it. I’m amazed. And THEY GOT THE ARGUMENT FROM CONTINGENCY! Please please watch this! https://t.co/NB1ExUMCHV
— Fr. Harrison Ayre (@christian_state) April 13, 2018
This is the first positive presentation of Catholic schools I've seen. If most Catholic schools taught this well I might consider Catholic schools for my children.
— St. Louis Martin (@newdad5656) April 13, 2018
Love this! Will be following and I hope you will post the top 5 for all of us to see.
— Debbie Bloomgren (@d_bloomgren) April 13, 2018