July 30, 2015

3rd International Congress of Education convened at Rivier University on August 3

Sisters of the Presentation of Mary from 14 countries collaborated on Catholic education in the 21st century.
The Sisters of the Presentation of Mary met on the Rivier University campus for the 3rd International Congress of Education, entitled Education: A Mission of Hope, from August 3 – 7, 2015. The event united representatives from 14 countries where the Sisters serve and includes lay collaborators who administer and teach in these schools.

“Rivier University was founded by the Sisters of the Presentation of Mary and named for Blessed Anne Marie Rivier who established the Congregation of Sisters in 1796,” says Sister Paula Marie Buley, IHM, President. “Her vision created a global network of educational institutions that continue to prepare young men and women to be a transformative presence in our world. In fidelity to the spirit of Blessed Anne Marie Rivier, the University was a fitting location for the 3rd International Congress of Education.”

The event welcomed workshop presenters and attendees from Brazil, Cameroon, Canada, France, Gambia, Italy, Japan, Mozambique, Peru, the Philippines, Portugal, Senegal, Spain and the United States. The weeklong program included workshops and discussion sessions, meetings with global speakers, visits to regional educational venues, and prayer.

Keynote speakers included: Mr. Paul Malartre, former Secretary General of Catholic Education in France; Father John Fortin, OSB, Superintendent of Schools in the Catholic Schools Office for the Diocese of Manchester; Brother Guy Consolmagno, SJ, President of the Vatican Observatory Foundation; and Father Marc Montminy, a Manchester diocesan priest who specializes in evangelization and retreat experiences.

Workshop topics focused on creating a shared vision of future challenges in Catholic education and how to best meet those challenges, reenergizing educators with a focus on their health and wellbeing, and providing practical tools for personalizing education in the schools of tomorrow. Workshops were taught in English, French, Portuguese, and Spanish, with translations available.

Timed in conjunction with the International Congress, Rivier University blessed a bronze sculpture of Blessed Anne Marie Rivier at the newly constructed Heritage Plaza dedication. The Plaza, one of Rivier’s Gateway Projects, reflects Rivier’s Catholic heritage and provides a new focal point to the campus landscape. The Rivier community celebrated the dedication and blessing of the statue on August 4.

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