In lieu of an abstract, below is the essay's first paragraph.
"In a story produced by local Rochester, New York media outlet WHAM television and WHAM-am radio, recent figures illustrate that enrollment in Catholic schools in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester is declining. An integral part of Catholic education—faith formation—is now largely provided by parish based religious education and faith formation programs. The religious instruction that children received in the school classroom is now being provided by a largely volunteer force in individual parish programs. The question remains: can these parish based programs bear the burden?"
"Catholic Parish-Based Religious Instruction: Bearing the Burden,"
Verbum: Vol. 5
, Article 14.
Available at: http://fisherpub.sjfc.edu/verbum/vol5/iss1/14