It is a commonplace for Catholic schools to claim that they educate the “whole” person in the faith, yet exactly what this means and how to accomplish it is harder to say. Though these matters of holistic formation and Catholic identity are always important, they are especially so at present given ongoing efforts to implement the U.S. bishops’ Framework for a high school religion curriculum. With these concerns in mind, this article aims to offer a traditionally-grounded, actionable answer to the questions, ‘Whom do we hope our students will become, and how do we help them towards that goal?’ The first half of the paper identifies and describes in detail four anthropological dimensions that have emerged as constants in Christians’ attempts to articulate what we mean by the “whole” person. The latter half of the paper draws upon the work of a host of educational authorities and the author’s personal classroom experience in order to suggest general pedagogical keys that might guide teaching practices and development of student formation outcomes.



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