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The 175th anniversary of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee provides a special opportunity to help students and parishioners develop an appreciation for the local diocesan Church.

May 15, 2018

Integrating Archdiocesan History into the Catholic School Curriculum

The 175th anniversary of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee provides a special opportunity to help students and parishioners develop an appreciation for the local diocesan Church.

Why Should We Introduce Students To Archdiocesan History?

Most religion courses introduce students to the mystery of the universal Church, but little attention is generally given to the reality of the local Church, the diocese.  The celebration of the 175th anniversary of our archdiocese presents an opportunity to focus on the history and the mystery of our archdiocese, which makes the one, holy, catholic, apostolic Church present and real in southeastern Wisconsin.

How Can Archdiocesan History Be Integrated Into The Curriculum?

Possibilities abound.  Archdiocesan history can be planned as a distinct unit of study; it can become a special class project, or it can be integrated into other disciplines; e.g., Wisconsin history and other social studies classes, literature units, etc.

The religion curriculum, of course, provides natural opportunities to connect the study of our archdiocese with a focus on the universal Church; e.g., the Church as community, the marks of the Church, church structures (parish or diocesan), ministry and leadership, the mission of the Church, Church history, the study of the saints, etc.

We are grateful to all teachers in our Catholic schools for embracing the opportunities afforded by the 175th anniversary to help students:

  • understand key developments in the history of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee.
  • appreciate leaders throughout the years who provided a firm foundation for the faith we treasure today.
  • become inspired to serve our Church and our society, following in the footsteps of our countless holy and heroic predecessors.

175th Anniversary
Curriculum Writing Committee

Kathy Coxey
Holy Apostles School, New Berlin

Sarah Daggett
St. Dominic School, Brookfield

Mary Gentile
Saint Clare Center for Catholic Life, Cardinal Stritch University

Jaime Hillier
St. Joan Antida High School, Milwaukee

Gary Newman
St. Mary Visitation School, Elm Grove

Sue Nelson
Associate Superintendent, Archdiocese of Milwaukee

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Video Project

Video Guidelines and Submission Process

Submission Process for Video Posted on Archdiocesan 175th Anniversary Website.

Archdiocese of Milwaukee - 175th Video Submission Application

Complete this form for each video submitted for consideration to the 175th-anniversary web page.

Video Rubrics

Use this rubric to score video projects.

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Grade 4

Grade 4 Unit Plan

The historical evolution of our parish/school and the Archdiocese of Milwaukee.

Grade 4 Unit Plan - Important People

Key Catholic figures/events that influenced where immigrants settled and who was called to build the Kingdom of God in that community.

Grade 4 Unit Plan - Understanding our Roots

Catholics who immigrated to Wisconsin formed faith communities to retain their religious and cultural heritage.

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Middle School

Middle School Unit Planner

The History of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee.

Middle School Theme 1

Early Missionaries and Catholic Presence in Wisconsin.

Middle School Theme 2

Forming the Diocese of Milwaukee.

Middle School Theme 3

The growth of Catholic Parishes and Schools in the Diocese of Milwaukee.

Middle School Theme 4

Becoming an Archdiocese.

Middle School Theme 5

The Catholic Church and Society in the Early 20th Century.

Middle School Theme 6

The growth of the Catholic Church during and after World War II.

Middle School Theme 7

Vatican II and its Impact.

Middle School Theme 8

The Church’s Response to 20th Century Changes.

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High School

Grades 9-10 Unit

Formation of Neighborhoods.

Grades 11-12 Unit

Church as Cultural and Social Agency.

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