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Catholic Education: A Journal of Inquiry and Practice, v14 n4 p391-412 Jun 2011

The purpose of this paper is to establish the unity between the missions of the Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) discipline and Catholic higher education by demonstrating relationships among (a) Catholic Social Teaching (CST) and the role of the service principle to FCS; (b) Catholic Intellectual Tradition (CIT) and the centrality of intellect to FCS; and (c) the institutional charism and the shared calling of FCS professionals, exemplified by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, sponsors of Fontbonne University. Key philosophical and foundational FCS papers along with documents pertaining to the principles of CST, CIT, and the charisms of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, the Sisters of Charity of St. Vincent De Paul, and the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet were examined and shared meanings were identified; institutional mission statements from respective sponsored institutions were likewise compared. The review process permitted a very pointed comparison between the disciplinary and institutional missions, substantiating the congruity between the two. The parity between professional and Catholic institutional missions outlined in this paper suggests that the longevity of FCS programs could be fostered by taking root in Catholic institutions. (Contains 1 figure and 1 table.)

Descriptors: Family Life Education, Consumer Science, Catholic Schools, Church Related Colleges, Higher Education, Institutional Mission, Praxis, Intellectual Disciplines, Identification, Administrative Organization, Interdisciplinary Approach, Catholics, Beliefs, Religious Factors, Economic Status, Social Structure, Government Role

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Author: Duncan, Janine


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