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« on: April 11, 2011, 02:13:48 PM »

I'm a certified teacher looking for a permanent position. I was wondering if anyone here has experience of the inner workings of Catholic school systems. The official requirements of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia say that an applicant must be a "practicing Catholic" and provide a letter from his pastor. Naturally that must imply communion with Rome but I wonder if Orthodox Christians have managed to get hired as being "close enough" to Catholic.
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« Reply #1 on: April 11, 2011, 04:00:54 PM »

If memory serves, the priest of the Antiochian Church in which I was chrismated taught at a local Catholic school. Unfortunately he is no longer at the parish, and I don't know where he is, or I'd give you his email address.
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« Reply #2 on: April 11, 2011, 04:13:49 PM »

Over the years I have known many non-Catholics, including Orthodox, who teach at Catholic schools.
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« Reply #3 on: April 11, 2011, 04:21:49 PM »

Interesting. Thanks for the info. I guess it won't hurt to send in an application. Another thing I have going for me: I have an Irish name  Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: April 11, 2011, 04:55:10 PM »

I think it depends on the subject - a fellow parishioner of mine actually teaches Latin at the local RC school, but I am nearly positive that all religion classes are taught by members of the diocese. (For a real kicker though, the RC seminary I attended had not only Orthodox, but Jews, Mormons, and Atheists on the faculty).
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« Reply #5 on: April 11, 2011, 07:34:40 PM »

Orthodox priests certainly teach at RC universities.
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« Reply #6 on: April 12, 2011, 12:55:33 AM »

On the elementary and high school level, my hunch is that while they prefer Catholic teachers, this is usually determined by the percentage of Catholics in the given part of the country. If the Catholic population is small, then the pool of Catholic teachers is small. If a school needs a math teacher, and there are no Catholic teachers who can fill the position, I'm sure they would consider a non-Catholic applicant.
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« Reply #7 on: April 12, 2011, 05:09:11 PM »

An Orthodox friend of mine teaches at a Catholic school in Arizona, and he mentioned that there are also some other Orthodox teachers there, including Orthodox priests.
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« Reply #8 on: April 12, 2011, 05:38:36 PM »

Absolutely!  A good friend of mine is Orthodox and teaches physics at a catholic school in salt lake city.   When I applied for a teaching job at a catholic school, the headmaster who was also a priest really liked hearig I was Greek Orthodox because, according to him, you guys don't mess around with the faith like catholics do.  He also was happy to hear that I wasntcorrupted by the jesuits at creighton university where I did some post grad work!
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« Reply #9 on: April 14, 2011, 11:27:19 AM »

The official requirements of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia say that an applicant must be a "practicing Catholic" and provide a letter from his pastor.

I would guess that it varies. When I was in Junior High, at a Catholic school, we had one teacher who was Protestant. (She didn't teach religion.)
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« Reply #10 on: April 14, 2011, 11:28:52 AM »

When I applied for a teaching job at a catholic school, the headmaster who was also a priest really liked hearig I was Greek Orthodox because, according to him, you guys don't mess around with the faith like catholics do.

Sounds like a very interesting priest!
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« Reply #11 on: April 14, 2011, 11:45:31 AM »

The official requirements of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia say that an applicant must be a "practicing Catholic" and provide a letter from his pastor.

I would guess that it varies. When I was in Junior High, at a Catholic school, we had one teacher who was Protestant. (She didn't teach religion.)
We had teachers who were admitted atheists. At one point, we even doubted that our freshman year religion teacher was Christian (she would tell Old Testament stories and laugh afterward...I think she was just a very liberal Catholic, though).

I WISH we had Orthodox teachers, so apply away!  Cheesy

As others said, I think it depends on the school. Perhaps you have to be Catholic INO (In name only) at the very least, or if they're desperate, they will just make you attend Masses and teach other subjects. And in my area, Catholic schools do NOT pay well with their limited budgets, so I think that getting a good, pious Orthodox teacher would be the least of their problems.
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