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.


Past Themes  

Year Theme
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