Building the Kingdom in the Classroom: A School Chaplain's Diary

Building the Kingdom in the Classroom: A School Chaplain's Diary
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Teachers now face pressures as never before and with a reduction in the number of practising Catholic teaching staff, chaplaincy is very much at the front line. Therefore the main role of a school chaplain should be leading young people into a deeper relationship with Jesus. The book gives important insights into the world of chaplaincy, especially for those who are considering a vocation within schools. The author has tried to make this a good-news story and there are heart-warming accounts of engagement with the sacraments and when efforts to share the Gospel bear fruit.
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“The most striking feature of this book is its sense of mission. Catholic education is not about the outward forms of faith but about the development of the inner grace of Jesus Christ. Yet the writer has his feet firmly on the ground and his approach to solving problems is not to seek to undo what is but to find new ways of inspiring his pupils.”
–Ann Widdecombe
(from the foreword)

"Evangelisation of young people isn’t for the uncertain or timid and needs a lot of love. What heartened me about this book by a school chaplain was its conviction about what’s true allied to sympathy for young people some way from that conviction. ‘If we get into the mentality whereby we feel we need to defend our religion we are actually making God appear to be smaller than he actually is. God does not require us in our fallibility to defend Him’. Matthew Pittam is a clear thinker who writes well. In its chronicling the ups and downs of school ministry Building the Kingdom in the Classroom is a powerful read. There is a repeated emphasis on dependence upon God’s mercy as the greatest resource in Christian ministry."

Canon John Twisleton
(28th October 2017)

Schools today are complex places with many demands placed on teachers’ time and energies. Teachers now face pressures as never before and with a reduction in the number of practising Catholic teaching staff, chaplaincy is very much at the front line. Therefore the main role of a school chaplain should be leading young people into a deeper relationship with Jesus. The book gives important insights into the world of chaplaincy, especially for those who are considering a vocation within schools. The author has tried to make this a good-news story and there are heart-warming accounts of engagement with the sacraments and when efforts to share the Gospel bear fruit.

Matthew Pittam lives in Warwickshire with his family. He is a priest of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham and combines school, hospital and parish ministry. He is also a qualified Social Worker in the area of Mental Health and is also the coordinator of the Continuing Care Department at St Luke’s Centre in Manchester. Fr Matthew is passionate about ministering the Gospel to young people and has a keen interest in the relationship between mental health and spirituality.

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Title Building the Kingdom in the Classroom: A School Chaplain's Diary
Author Matthew Pittam
Price £11.99
Format Paperback
Dimensions 13 x 21 cm
Printed Pages 201
Publisher St Pauls Publishing UK
Year Of Publication 2017
Isbn / Product Code 9781910365311
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