Catholic high school teachers eager to dive into papal encyclical

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August 19, 2015

Brent Fernandez, who teaches Catholic social teaching at Father Ryan High School in Nashville, Tenn., tends the school garden with some of his students Aug. 12 . Fernandez is one of many theology and science teachers at the three Catholic high schools in the Diocese of Nashville who will be incorporating Pope Francis' encyclical, "Laudato Si'," into their curriculum this school year. (CNS photo/Theresa Laurence, Tennessee Register) See ENCYCLICAL-TEACHERS Aug. 19, 2015.

Brent Fernandez, who teaches Catholic social teaching at Father Ryan High School in Nashville, Tenn., tends the school garden with some of his students Aug. 12 . Fernandez is one of many theology and science teachers at the three Catholic high schools in the Diocese of Nashville who will be incorporating Pope Francis’ encyclical, “Laudato Si’,” into their curriculum this school year. (CNS photo/Theresa Laurence, Tennessee Register)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (CNS) — Father Ryan High School theology teacher Brent Fernandez grows a garden at home, raises chickens, and rides his bicycle to school when he can.

In the summer, he takes students to visit Bethlehem Farm in West Virginia, a Catholic intentional community where he once lived for two years.

He is passionate about treading lightly on the earth and embracing a less consumer-driven lifestyle.

Read more in The Visitor…