Late last week, The Catholic Bishops released a Pastoral Letter to school leaders, staff, students and families to mark the 200th Anniversary of Catholic education in Australia which was launched on Thursday 18th February. The letter, 200 Years Young, recognises the contribution of religious, clergy and lay people to the foundation of Catholic education, and the distinctive role Catholic schools play in educating and forming young people of faith and service in their communities.
Catholic education has grown over two centuries into the largest school sector outside of government. Today, there are 1,751 Catholic schools educating 768,000 students and employing 98,000 staff. Australian Catholic schools have a long and proud tradition of delivering high-quality, faith-based education. Our graduates have made, and continue to make, a significant contribution in business, civic and public life, sport, performing and creative arts, community services, and all facets of society.
Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP, Chair of the Bishops Commission for Catholic Education, has called on all those involved in Catholic education to acknowledge this significant milestone in the life of the Church. “From very humble beginnings with the opening of the first official Catholic school educating just 31 students located on Hunter Street in Parramatta, Catholic schools have grown to educate more than one in five Australian students, with many others attending Catholic pre-schools, colleges and universities,” Archbishop Fisher said.
“Alongside families and parishes, Catholic schools are the Church’s principal meeting point with young people, and are integral to the Church’s mission of transmitting the faith to the next generation and forming young people as future contributors to Australian society.”
Bishop Anthony Randazzo, would like to share The Pastoral Letter with all our families to mark this important milestone in Catholic Education. The Pastoral Letter can be found here
The bicentenary of Catholic education in Australia will be celebrated throughout 2021.
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