Catholic Education Week

Catholic Education Week

Catholic Education Week is held each year in May in our 29 Ontario Catholic School Boards. Catholic Education Week 2024 is scheduled to take place during the week of May 5 – May 10.

Catholic Education: We are Called to Love

Our spiritual quote for Catholic Education Week 2024 is:

“If we love one another, God lives in us.” 1 John 4:12

The five sub-themes for Catholic Education Week are:

Monday: As people of hope / Dans l’espérance
Tuesday: As people of faith / Dans la foi
Wednesday: As people of mercy / Avec compassion
Thursday: As people of justice / Dans la justice
Friday: As people of joy / Dans la joie

The themes for Catholic Education Week 2024 are inspired by the following considerations:

  • With joyful anticipation of the Jubilee Year of 2025, we are inspired by Pope Francis
    announcing the theme of “Pilgrims of Hope.” With open hearts of love, we can continue
    to “fan the flame of hope” for a bright future.
  • On the fifth anniversary of Renewing the Promise, we celebrate that Catholic Education
    is centred on our Christian call to love. This love permeates how we live in the world and
    as we act with love, we build a better future. As Pope Francis stated in 2023, “He wants
    us to be artisans of a new history, weavers of hope, builders of the future, peacemakers.”
  • The theme of the synod, “Enlarge the Space of Your Tent,” invites us to listen in love, to
    be a healing presence to one another and to strengthen relationships.
  • In his visit to Canada last summer, Pope Francis gave us hope for our continued work for
    Truth and Reconciliation. Through prayer and a commitment to love, stronger bonds are
    forming and a new way forward is emerging.
  • Catholic Education Week comes at the same time as Mental Health Awareness Week.
    Through love and compassion, we continue to support each other’s wellbeing. God is
    love and we are always called to live out this love.
  • In our continued work for Equity and Inclusion in Catholic schools, a focus on love
    reminds us that all God’s children are loved unconditionally.

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Catholic Education Week Prayer

God who is love,
Love is our calling, and the goal for which you have made us.
As we celebrate Catholic Education Week,
may our love in action reveal to our world
that we are people of justice and mercy.
May our daily words and example show clearly
that we are people of faith and hope.
In the ways we reflect you daily,
may everyone recognize us as people of joy.
Help us to never forget how much you love us,
and to cherish your life within us,
which gives energy and direction to our loving.
May we hear your call to love generously and inclusively,
and may we call our world to be more loving also.
All of this we ask in the name of Jesus, our Friend and our Lord.


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