My friends in Christ
Catholic schools and parents continue their fruitful collaboration in the education of the young people of our community.
They are supported by their partners in this endeavour: their parishes, religious institutes, the Catholic Education Office Melbourne and the wider community.
Catholic schools make a vibrant and vital contribution to the life of the Church, to the community at large, to families and individuals. Founded on Jesus Christ and inspired by the Holy Spirit, they assist students to come to know God and to grow as human beings in the knowledge of God’s love. Catholic schools provide an excellent holistic education centred on the student and engaging them in authentic, purposeful learning.
Learning brings hope. It is a journey of endless possibilities engaging our students to ask questions about contemporary life. It engenders a hope that is based on the certainty of God’s promise of his love and care for us. This is the Good News of God’s kingdom, which Catholic schools are called to proclaim as part of the Church’s mission of evangelisation.
Catholic schools proclaim this Good News in the compassion and love at the heart of every encounter in the school community. They proclaim this Good News when students learn to integrate their faith with their life and the world they live in. They proclaim this Good News with their Catholic vision that each human life is of unique value, loved by God, with his or her own gifts. They proclaim this Good News when they instil in students the desire to use their gifts to transform the world for the benefit of people everywhere and to take their part in shaping the future.
With the Catholic Education Melbourne To Serve and Lead: Strategic Plan 2015–2019 document and my Pastoral Letter on the Catholic Church in Education, we enter the next phase of Catholic education in the Archdiocese of Melbourne. I commend it to you as a foundation for our work together during this period. May our combined efforts assist our young people to live fulfilled lives as witnesses of faith and active citizens in their ever-changing world.
My blessing on you all as you embark on the journey of the next five years.
Most Rev Denis J Hart DD Archbishop of Melbourne
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