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Sr. Mary Paul McCaughey, OP

About the Blogger

Sister Mary Paul McCaughey, OP, is superintendent of Catholic schools for the Archdiocese of Chicago. A Chicago native, she has 37 years of experience as a Catholic school teacher and administrator.

Blog posts by Sr. Mary Paul McCaughey, OP

  • Monday, January 27, 2014

    “It was the best of times...”


  • Monday, June 10, 2013

    To Teach Who Christ Is


  • Monday, January 28, 2013

    The Archdiocese of Chicago Celebrates Catholic Schools Week

    The Catholic Schools Week national theme of "Catholic Schools Raise the Standards" cuts to the heart of our reality in the Archdiocese of Chicago. (cf Annual Report). In the Catholic Schools of Cook and Lake Counties, our standards have come under intense scrutiny. In order to draft a strategic plan soon to be published by the AOC School Board, every single school was examined. It is more than the "big picture": each school site plays a part. Every school community details their local plans by showcasing excellence as only students, parents, teachers, and administrators can do - offering just a small glimpse of the daily excellence of our schools during Catholic Schools Week.


  • Monday, June 04, 2012

    What Catholic Schools Produce

    Business gurus say it is all about the product, its quality, its capacity to make life better for "the consumers" in the long run. With this bold business analogy, let's blog about the "product" of our Catholic Schools as we celebrate this end of the school year.


  • Monday, January 30, 2012

    Rewriting the Script

    Speaking to the National Roundtable on Church Management, Dr. Frank Butler asked, "How do we foster a belief in the future of Catholic Schools, and foster innovation and quality when the story line about Catholic schools portrays them as moribund?"


  • Monday, August 22, 2011

    Bringing Young People into the Flow

    As things are readied for the opening of a new school year in buildings where our Archdiocese of Chicago Catholic School principals have just seen the heels of the thousands of kids who (voluntarily) participated in a robust academic summer school, new focus emerges.


  • Monday, January 31, 2011

    Why We ‘Do’ Catholic Schools

    I should be on the happy wagon - but it is tough. We lost a principal and a four year-old over Christmas. Since school began, illness and accident stole other young lives. All precious, all irreplaceable.


  • Tuesday, June 01, 2010

    Myth of Summer

    Summer is a myth.  I mean it.


  • Monday, February 01, 2010

    Catholic Schools Week 2010: "Dividends for Life"

    Catholic Schools Week means grandparents' day, open houses, special prayers, and projects filled with gratitude spilling out of the Catholic Schools of Cook and Lake Counties. When the National Catholic Educational Association marketed the theme “dividends for life,” it was uncannily close to our Archdiocesan “Lessons that Last a Lifetime” annual report focus. If you call up the report, you can read the data and experience the generous spirit that always makes me smile.


  • Monday, October 26, 2009

    The "Catholic" in Catholic Schools

    It felt odd making the calls.  The Cardinal had requested to see, as a part of his responsibility as the arbiter of all Catholic teaching in the Archdiocese of Chicago, all of the texts, courses, credit requirements, and teacher qualifications in the 40 Catholic High Schools.  His review was thorough and careful - and he asked me to make the follow-up calls.


  • Monday, June 15, 2009

    Make Some Noise

    With 258 schools to love, I guess I shouldn't be sleeping at night. Truthfully, when I finally get there, I sleep well: our schools are good, darn good....and the beautiful faces of the students and the adults who love them are a solid motivator.