Rose Basile Green’s study of St. Frances Cabrini’s philosophy of education continues with an examination of religion as a unifying principle for institutions committed to Roman Catholicism. Green cites the Rev. George Johnson of Catholic University who summarizes the five goals of Catholic education as (1) physical fitness, (2) economic competency, (3) social virtue, (4) cultural development, and (5) moral and spiritual perfection in Christ. Green also cites Pope Pius XI’s Encyclical letter, The Christian Education of Youth. In the letter, Pius XI defines the goal of education. “Education consists essentially in preparing man for what he must be and for what he must do here below in order to attain the sublime end for which he was created…” It is interesting to note that Pius XI had a special connection to St. Frances Cabrini. It was Pius XI who beatified Mother Cabrini on November 13, 1938. The section of Green’s work is included here: Cabrinian Philosophy Religion as a Unifying principle for Catholic institutions.
Submitted by: A. Schwelm, Assistant Library Director