Catholic Education Week provides an annual opportunity for all Catholic schools in Queensland to celebrate and promote their distinctive mission and ethos. In 2016, Catholic Education Week will be celebrated from Sunday 24 July – Saturday 30 July.
The theme for the celebrations will be:
Catholic Education Week 2016
Opening Doors in the Year of Mercy
Pope Francis has declared that from 8 December 2015 until 20 November 2016, the Catholic Church will celebrate an ‘Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy.’ The document which outlines the ‘spirit’ of the year, its intentions and outcomes (the Bull of Indiction), uses the image of the door as a powerful symbol. The Year of Mercy will begin with the opening of the Holy Door in St Peter’s Basilica in Rome on 8 December. Pope Francis has declared that for this year it will be a ‘Door of Mercy’ through which anyone who enters will experience the love of God who consoles, pardons and instils hope.
Catholic Education Week 2016 celebrations will reflect the Year of Mercy, drawing on the symbolism that Catholic schools ‘open doors’ for students in a holistic educational sense. In particular, our theme challenges members of the Catholic education community to extend tangible assistance to those in need and recognise and follow the example of those who in some way ‘open doors’ for others.
Activities which promote Catholic education as a faith-based education that nurtures a commitment to social justice and a critical social consciousness will be central to the week. It is envisaged that the theme will also provide opportunities for school communities to engage in a broad range of activities showcasing the opportunities that Catholic education provides.
I trust this information will assist your forward-planning and that as a Catholic education community in Queensland we can embrace this powerful theme for celebrations in 2016.
Dr Lee-Anne Perry AM