Catholic Education Week – Renewing the Promise

Catholic Education Week is a very special time in Catholic schools throughout Ontario.

It is coordinated by the Ontario Catholic School Trustees’ Association (OCSTA), to raise awareness about the uniqueness of Catholic education in the province.

“Catholic Education Week is a time to reflect upon the gift of Catholic education and the abundant blessings it pours fourth through our students and staff as they bear witness to live and mission of Jesus Christ,” said Krista Wood, Niagara Catholic’s Chaplaincy Leader. “It is also a time to recognize and honor those who paved the way for Catholic education, and thank them for making the promise of Catholic education a reality for our students today.”

To mark Catholic Education Week, the Association of Catholic Bishops of Ontario has released its latest Pastoral Letter on Catholic Education, Renewing the Promise. This letter builds upon This Moment of Promise (1988) and Fulfilling the Promise (1993) and is a very positive and affirming message. The letter is based on the story of the Road to Emmaus, celebrating the many encounters with Jesus that take place every day in our Catholic schools. In the letter, the Bishops encourage all those who share responsibility for Catholic education to continue to nurture and strengthen Catholic education.

We look forward to sharing Catholic Education Week with students, families and supporters this year.

On Saturday, May 5 and Sunday, May 6, students and staff delivered Catholic Education Week messages at Mass, to remind parishioners about the strong, vibrant fabric of Catholic education across Niagara. Throughout Catholic Education Week, schools and sites across our Board will hold special events for students, families and the communities. Two very special events bookend Catholic Education Week at Niagara Catholic: On May 7, our annual Catch the Spirit Student Awards of Excellence celebration will take place at Denis Morris Catholic High School. This event recognizes one student from each of our Catholic elementary and secondary schools, and one student from our Continuing Education Centres as outstanding examples of the very best in Catholic education.

At the end of the week, we will celebrate our 6th Annual Distinguished Alumni Awards with a luncheon at the Catholic Education Centre on May 11. This year, three outstanding graduates of Niagara Catholic or its preceding Boards in Niagara will be honoured for their commitment to being living examples of the Catholic Graduate Expectations.

To see a full list of System events taking place, click on the Events tab on the main page. For school-specific events, check your child’s school newsletter, calendar or school website.

Wishing everyone a beautiful week in Catholic education ahead.