One of the lines of action approved by the General Chapter of 2015 was «to carry out a process of deepening the identity of the Calasanctian school, in order to care for and enhance the character that we Piarists must carry out in our educational task.» To this end, the Ministry Secretariat has drawn up some formative topics for the educators of our Piarist works.
The first article «Criteria for training in identity code» is specifically intended for those responsible for designing and promoting the training of educators. The most consistent training is the one that is capable of transmitting a charismatic identity, a task much more profound and complex than reading a book or giving training workshops. The educator receives identity when he experiences his work as a mission and feels charismatically linked to the Pious Schools.
Each of the following articles develops one of the ten Calasanctian quality indicators. Each article begins with a reflection on how this dimension appears in the origin of the Pious Schools; later, how it is understood today from Piarist praxis and reflection. Some guidelines are offered to include in the educational project and some tips for the educator’s personal evaluation. Finally, the proposal of some questions for personal or group reflection.
The material can have many uses and its study can be proposed at any point in the educators’ training process. It is designed to be shared in the small group and to provoke reflection from personal experience. It is not about knowing a lot about Calasanz but about learning to relate one’s own personal experience to the Calasanctian story in a way that produces a magical connection from the depth of what has been lived.
We believe that the most effective training is the one that proposes significant experiences that touch the vocational core of the person, experiences that generate a process of growth in the educational vocation. These experiences are only significant if there are living communities of reference, serious itineraries of initiation into identity and a good accompaniment structure.
The texts are only a mirror in which to look at oneself, a lamp to illuminate the path. The important thing is what each educator discovers and communicates to his partner; what is guessed and dreamed together. Training in the key of identity is a process capable of generating new life, updating the charism together and building shared identity from Calasanz.
To carry out the mission, we Piarists have received a charism that comes from God, a Calasanctian reading of the Gospel, a history, spirituality and pedagogy of our own, people in communion, schools and specific institutions, which allow us to make Jesus the Master and the Motherhood of his Church to the little ones.
«The mission constitutes the dynamic and fruitful expression of identity, since – as the parable of the talents suggests – identity is not a treasure to be guarded jealously hiding it in a safe place, but rather it is a heritage to be» invested «and made available as a gift, so that it will bear fruit.»
We are convinced that the study of the themes that we present in this book can help our educators discover the precious treasure of the Piarist charism.