Faith Formation in our Catholic Schools

Within our Catholic schools we are called through religious and family life instruction, as well as through a distinctively Catholic curriculum in all areas of learning, to form young people with a dynamic, personal faith, which will empower them to liberate and transform the culture with the life-giving message of the gospel.

The following statement proclaimed by the Ontario Catholic Bishops in 1989, describes the vocation to which we are called within Catholic schools:

* In a world which ignores the human thirst for God, we are called to share the living waters of our faith.

* In a time when there is little reverence for the image of God in the human person, we are summoned to care for human life with an ultimate respect.

* In a culture where communication is increasingly commercialized,
we are invited to prayer and to worship.

* In a world marked by poverty, oppression and war, we are commanded to work for justice and peace.

* In a society marked by personality cults, we are called to bear witness to Jesus Christ, our Saviour and Lord, and to reverence him in the poor, the lowly, and the marginalized.

* In a time which often seems to be without goals or ennobling aspirations,
we are challenged to declare ours and to dedicate our lives to their achievement.

* In an age which seems more fearful of the future, we are directed to give an account of the hope that is within us. (1 Peter 3.15)

Taken from "This Moment of Promise"
A Pastoral Letter on Catholic Education in Ontario
Ontario Conference of Catholic Bishops1989

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