The Congregation of St. Basil established the Basilian Network for Education and the New Evangelization (BNENE) in 2015 with the intention of bringing together different communities of the schools under the responsibility of the Basilian Fathers in a common mission of engaging in ongoing formation on the Basilian approach to Catholic education and to promote a Basilian education within their schools.
The BNENE, an initiative of the Superior General and General Council, seeks to contribute to the New Evangelization, and specifically to Catholic Education as one of its integral components. We strive to teach Goodness, Discipline, and Knowledge through three initiatives:
The inaugural BNENE conference, held at St. Michael’s College School in the summer of 2015, brought together Basilian and lay faculty, staff, and administrators from Le Collège Privé du Sacré-Coeur (Annonay, France), St. Michael’s College School (Toronto, Ontario), St. Thomas High School (Houston, Texas), Detroit Catholic Central High School (Detroit, Michigan), and El Instituto de Nuestra Señora de la Asunción (Cali, Colombia). Archbishop J. Michael Miller, CSB, Archbishop of Vancouver and former Secretary for the Sacred Congregation of Catholic Education at the Vatican, delivered the keynote address on ‘The Vocation and Mission of the Catholic Educator’.
The BNENE committee, currently chaired by Father John Huber, CSB and Father Dennis Noelke, CSB, continues to organize large and small gatherings that offer the faculty and staff of Basilian schools opportunities to come together in fraternity, educate themselves on what it means to be Catholic educators, and engage in dialogue with one another.
BNENE presentations encompass the Church’s teaching on Catholic education and how all within the school community are called to be a part of the distinct Catholic nature, and Basilian culture, of the school. These presentations focus on the official teachings of the Church Magisterium as espoused by the documents of the Sacred Congregation of Catholic Education over this past century, including, but not limited to, the document on lay Catholics in schools, issued by the Vatican in 1977. Also incorporated was the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ document, To Teach as Jesus Did, and from a more Basilian perspective, the article published in 1989 by Father Jack Gallagher, CSB when he was superior general on the Basilian charisms of education. (For a full list, see Resources for the Catholic Educator below)
It is the hope that the ongoing formation provided through BNENE will empower Catholic educators to make evangelization the primary mission in their classrooms and schools.