St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School: Middle School - Religion
Mrs. Maureen Ederle
Middle School - Religion
In Middle School Religion we seek to encounter God everyday. Here at SFA, we begin each day with Mass. Each student receives a Bible in 6th Grade which opens up learning about the Bible and Salvation History. We learn and encourage different forms of prayer, including praying with Scripture through Lectio Divina. Preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation is a 2 year program beginning in 7th Grade. We use the Chosen program which is designed to promote discussion of faith. The students perform Works of Mercy projects fostering a life of service beyond receiving the Sacrament. In Middle School we also introduce Pope St. John Paul II’s Theology of the Body (TOB) which teaches about the dignity of the human person. Humans are created for self-giving love; they give themselves in service to others.
Growing up, I had an aunt who was a teacher and a Notre Dame nun and several cousins who were teachers and great examples for me. However, I decided to go into engineering. I have a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from MS&T. I worked in manufacturing for several years as a Process Engineer and EHS Coordinator, which required providing training for employees. I stayed at home to raise our children. Then I began to look into teaching again and started as a PSR Catechist. I have a Certificate of Catechesis through the Archdiocese of St. Louis. I completed the 3 year Lay Formation Program through the Archdiocese of St. Louis in May 2019. I truly believe that faith and science complement each other!
My husband and I have been married for 30 years. We have been parishioners at SFA for 27 years. We have two children who attended SFA School. Our children live out of town, and our son was married last year. We have a new puppy, and she has so much energy!
The great thing about SFA is the community! There are a lot of things happening at SFA parish and school! Through the school and parish activities, faith formation and service opportunities, we have met many wonderful families and made lifelong friends. SFA is our second home!