Catholic Schools Week shows signs of love and hope

EMBRACING THE FUTURE TOGETHER: St John the Evangelist, Nowra (pictured) will join with other Catholic schools across the region to celebrate Catholic Schools Week from March 1-7. Photo: Supplied
EMBRACING THE FUTURE TOGETHER: St John the Evangelist, Nowra (pictured) will join with other Catholic schools across the region to celebrate Catholic Schools Week from March 1-7. Photo: Supplied

Catholic Schools Week (CSW) is an annual celebration of Catholic education.

"Pope Francis reminds us to embrace what is beautiful and what is ambitious," newly appointed director of schools, Diocese of Wollongong Peter Hill said.

"Surely there is no greater or more noble ambition than writing on the very spirit of human beings through the work we do in Catholic education, liberating the hearts and minds of young people."

CSW 2020 will be held throughout the Wollongong diocese from March 1-7, with all 38 systemic Catholic schools celebrating the diversity and uniqueness of Catholic education. It also marks the beginning of the Catholic Education Diocese of Wollongong's enrolment period.

Inspired by the person and spirit of Jesus, Catholic schools are called to be signs of God's love and hope in the world.

They are vibrant Catholic communities of faith and learning, providing quality education and opportunity, and supporting every child to find meaning and purpose in their life.

The theme for CSW 2020 is 'Embracing our future together'. "Catholic Schools Week is about looking back and looking forward, acknowledging the past and being re-energised by the future," Mr Hill said.

"Our work is about keeping hope alive and providing the best possible Catholic schools for our young people, as a place of faith where they're invited to encounter Jesus."

The Diocese of Wollongong has 29 primary schools, eight systemic secondary schools, and one K-12 Catholic school, serving over 19,000 students in the Illawarra, Macarthur, Shoalhaven and Southern Highlands. There are also eight independent Catholic schools administered by religious congregations.

A range of activities planned for CSW will see students, staff, friends and families come together to celebrate the spirit of their school communities. Parents, carers and all members of the wider community are invited to contact their local Catholic school to find out what CSW celebrations are happening in their area.

A Diocesan Education Mass will be celebrated on March 5 at St John Vianney Co-Cathedral, Fairy Meadow, with Catholic education representatives from all four regions of the Diocese coming together as one united faith-based community.

Most Rev Brian Mascord, Bishop of Wollongong will preside at the mass, which will include the commissioning of new principals and the director of schools.

Your child is welcome in a Catholic school. Start a conversation with your local Catholic school today, or visit dow.catholic.edu.au to discover more about the mission, purpose and many benefits a Catholic education offers.

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