Focus on the virtues has enjoyed a recent resurgence in the field of ethics and has even influenced scholars in religious education. This influence carries positive implications for Catholic education that merit further development. In this paper, the author gleans insights from studies in virtue ethics that may be beneficially applied to Christian formation in the classroom context. The paper begins with a discussion of the relevance of the virtues to the aims of Catholic education before going on to explain how virtues are developed generally and, more specifically, how they can be developed in Catholic classrooms.
Patrick R Manning, Boston College
Patrick R. Manning is a doctoral student in Theology and Education at Boston College's School of Theology and Ministry. He also serves as summer faculty at the University of Notre Dame training teachers in the Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) and consults on curriculum development.