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Gary Sullivan

How LA religion teachers are keeping distance learning ‘Catholic’

“Overall, we have found that the sky’s the limit when it comes to accessing great resources online that are faithful to Catholic teaching.”

Gary Sullivan

When Gary Sullivan met with his fellow faculty members earlier this summer, the list of things to sort out for the upcoming school year was long.

Like other faculty and staff members, Sullivan — the head of the theology department at Damien High School in La Verne — has seen the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic cripple school operations. And with health precautions still in place, it was clear from the meeting’s outset that this year at Damien would be unlike any other.

But among the many agenda items, the first one had nothing to do with the technology of distance learning or new scheduling systems.

“Before our faculty talked about logistics, we came together on day one and talked about the Gospels,” Sullivan told Angelus.