- The Washington Times - Friday, January 3, 2003

CHICAGO, Jan. 3 (UPI) — The Archdiocese of Chicago is looking for a few good teachers.

Loyola University is offering a graduate teacher's training program modeled after one at the University of Notre Dame that pays the tuition for master's degree candidates in education who agree to teach in Catholic schools for 2 years.

The program, funded by a $200,000 grant from the MacNeal Health Foundation, is aimed at attracting bright students to jobs in parochial schools that have starting salaries of $23,000, about $10,000 lower than comparable public school teaching positions.

However, the teachers will not have to pay Loyola's $11,500 annual tuition.

Forty years ago, about 70 percent of teachers in Catholic schools were nuns or brothers, but only about 3 percent are today. The graduate program will begin this summer with 10 or 15 students who will live in low-cost "faith-based communities" and spend time in schools in underserved areas.

"These your adults are tremendous role models for the students," Sister Margaret Farley, director of school personnel for the Archdiocese of Chicago, told Friday's Chicago Sun-Times. "They see teaching as a ministry, not just a job."

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