The CRT Spotlight

CRT Spotlight #7: Sr. MaryRose Feeley

CRT Spotlights are intended to encourage and inspire fellow teachers of the faith. Know a religion teacher who deserves to be featured? Please send me their name and e-mail address via my Contact page. Thanks!

INTRODUCTION

Name:
Sr. MaryRose Feeley

What teaching positions have you had and for how long?
High School Religion – 2 years; Junior College Biology, English, and Theology – 2 years; Middle School Religion – 2 years; Primary school – 2 years.

Where have you taught?
Weirton, West Virginia; Benque Viejo Del Carmen, Belize, Central America; Phoenix, Arizona; Seattle, Washington; Robstown, Texas.

JUST FOR FUN

FAVORITE: Bible verse or story
Story → The widow’s mite. – Mark 12:41
Verse → “There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for their friend.” – John 15:13

FAVORITE: Saint
Damien of Molokai; Maximilian Kolbe

FAVORITE: Christian work of art
Pieta (Dulce Madre) by Athenas (Listen to the song on YouTube)

FAVORITE: Food
Chips and Salsa

FAVORITE: Book (besides the Bible) 😁
Beneath the Shadow of His Wings by Fr. Gereon Goldman
Heart of the World by Hans Urs Von Balthasar
Damien the Leper by John Farrow

FAVORITE: Movie
Documentary called “Mully”

FAVORITE: Vacation spot
The wilderness

FAVORITE: Thing(s) to do in your free time
Wilderness exploration

FROM THE CLASSROOM

What do you enjoy most about being a Catholic religion teacher?
That teaching is an avenue to relationships.

What religion topic/lesson do enjoy teaching the most?
The Sacraments

What is something your students have taught you?
My students have taught me how to listen and be more compassionate.

What is a “win” (story of success) that you have experienced through your role as a religion teacher?
From 2014-2017, I served as a missionary teacher in Latin America at a mission with SOLT. During the Year of Mercy, 2016-2017, I shared with my junior college students the history of the Year of Mercy in the Church beginning in the Old Testament until today. At the end of the unit, we took a field trip to the Mercy Door in Belize City, Belize.

As Providence would have it some of those same students and I were gifted a trip to World Youth Day in Poland the following summer. We were able to stop in Rome, Italy on the way and the students were able to walk through and pray before the Mercy Doors of the 4 major basilicas in Rome.

God’s Providence is amazing. I’ll never forget walking through the streets of Rome at the end of the day when one of my students turned to me and quietly said, “I never imagined the world to be so beautiful.” He had seen the Church that day and in the Church he encountered the Beautiful One.

What is a struggle or challenge you have experienced as a religion teacher?
I like to teach because teaching is an avenue to relationship which is an avenue to sharing the Love of God. Sometimes I find it a little cumbersome trying to follow and meet all the requirements of a given academic institution.

What have you found to be most effective in helping your students develop a strong relationship with Christ and His Church?
Building a relationship with them and teaching them about the saints and prayer.

What kind of advice or encouragement would you most want to share with a brand-new religion teacher?
“Be an oasis of mercy.” – Pope Francis

CONCLUSION

How can other teachers connect with you?
Email: mrfeeley@stanthonysaints.org

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