Religious Education in Australian Catholic Schools

A new resource for teaching religious education in Catholic schools is a response to changing social, church and educational landscapes.

The Framing Paper: Religious Education in Australian Catholic Schools was published by the National Catholic Education Commission in April 2018 to support dioceses in the development and teaching of religious education with changing contexts.

Mission of Catholic schools in Queensland

The Queensland Catholic Education Commission has endorsed A reference document for Mission of Catholic schools in Queensland.

The document provides a reference point for Catholic Schools Authorities in discerning their mission.

Formation for Mission

The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference has endorsed the document, A Framework for Formation for Mission in Catholic Education.

Archbishop Timothy Costelloe SDB, chair of the Bishops Commission for Catholic Education, launched the document on 20 March 2017.

A video introduction to the Framework can be viewed here.

The Framework document is supported by a website which includes valuable information and resources for building and nurturing the faith environment in Catholic schools. Visit the website.

Formation for staff in Queensland Catholic Schools

Formation for staff members in Catholic schools in Queensland provides information to assist Catholic School Authorities  in supporting and promoting the provision of quality formation experiences for staff.

This document was endorsed by the Commission in March 2016.

On Being a Catholic School – QCEC Colloquium 2016

QCEC has as a key focus area:

Faith formation, identity and mission at national and state levels.

The visit by Thomas Groome, Professor of Theology and Religious Education at Boston College, to the 2016 QCEC Colloquium provided the opportunity for leaders in Catholic education to explore the notion of a Catholic perspective to the taught curriculum in appropriate places outside of the Religious Education subject.

A summary of the topics and discussion explored during the Colloquium can be found here.

Early childhood spiritual development

In 2010 QCEC in collaboration with Dr Jan Grajczonek (ACU) developed a Framework for Early Years Spiritual Development in the Catholic Tradition that early childhood education and care services may use with the approval of the relevant Bishop. The Framework defines spirituality and explores practical ways to nurture young children’s spiritual and religious development.
Spiritual Development and Religious Education in the Early Years: A review of the literature.