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The Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board is seeking public input into the critical role of Catholic education in contemporary society.

How do we support students in being living witnesses to their faith, what are some of the challenges facing Catholic education today, and what opportunities exist to shape a positive future?

These are important questions as we seek to bring the truth and wisdom of our faith tradition into the context of this particular time and place.

Join the conversation. Please complete the online survey before May 19, 2017.

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Information from the survey will be shared at a province-wide symposium on November 14 & 15, 2017 hosted by the Institute for Catholic Education (ICE) and the Office d’éducation de la foi catholique en Ontario (OPECO) on the theme, “Renewing the Promise: Exploring the Critical Role of Catholic Education in Contemporary Society.”

The symposium is a follow-up to the seminal document, “This Moment of Promise” published by the Assembly of Catholic Bishops of Ontario in 1988 that established a clear and compelling mission and vision for Catholic schools in the aftermath of the historical legislative decision that resulted in full funding for Ontario’s Catholic school systems. A later pastoral letter, “Fulfilling the Promise,” released in 1993 focused on our shared mission to nurture and sustain Catholic schools.

More than two decades after the release of the two documents, our mission and vision for Catholic education have not changed, but our context has changed profoundly. This upcoming symposium will provide an opportunity for representatives from every sector of the Catholic education community to revisit the earlier documents to elicit their insights and wisdom on the theme of “Renewing the Promise: Exploring the Critical Role of Catholic Education in Contemporary Society.”

Input from the survey and symposium will be used to inform a pastoral letter by the Bishops of Ontario on “Renewing the Promise.” The letter will reflect on the challenges and opportunities that accompany this moment in time in Catholic education in Ontario, and provide a renewed vision for those who share responsibility for Catholic education today.

Renewing the Promise - Catholic Education