Discovering New Horizons
The theme for Catholic Education Week this year has been aligned with the official Year of Youth theme for 2018 and is derived from a speech given by Pope Francis at World Youth Day 2016 where he called young people and the Church to ‘open new horizons for spreading joy’:
My friends, Jesus is the Lord of risk, he is the Lord of the eternal “more”. Jesus is not the Lord of comfort, security and ease. Following Jesus demands a good dose of courage, a readiness to trade in the sofa for a pair of walking shoes and to set out on new and uncharted paths. To blaze trails that open up new horizons capable of spreading joy, born of God’s love and wells up in your hearts with every act of mercy.
This theme will allow schools to easily integrate Catholic Education Week activities and materials with Year of Youth programs.
Schools could choose to explore the theme in a variety of ways in both the educational and spiritual context. The concept of discovery through learning could be explored by all year levels and in contexts local to each school. The theme can also be explored on a spiritual level. It could be explored in terms of personal spirituality, evangelisation, and the exploration of new ways of being Church in the 21st Century.
Please refer to the Resources page of the website for more ideas on messaging for different year levels and integration with the Year of Youth.
|2004||Everyday People, Exceptional Achievements|
|2005||Sharing the Story|
|2006||It’s All About the Spirit|
|2007||Communities to Believe in|
|2008||Faith in our Youth|
|2009||Proud Tradition, Spirited Future|
|2010||Called to be stewards of a sustainable future|
|2011||Excelling in education – heart, mind and spirit|
|2012||Celebrating Community Family Parish School|
|2013||Making a Difference…Inspired by Jesus|
|2014||Come, live life in all its fullness|
|2015||Engaging Minds. Igniting Hearts. Serving Others|
|2016||Opening Doors in the Year of Mercy|
|2017||Sharing the Journey|