27 / 09 / 2022

Let us thank all those who teach in Catholic schools. Educating is an act of love; it is like giving life.

Pope Francis

The Council for Catholic Maintained Schools (CCMS) and the Catholic Schools’ Trustee Service (CSTS) have marked the occasion  of Catholic Schools Week 2022 with the launch of the Catholic Schools’ Ethos Paper. This publication sets out the principles of Catholic Education and future vision for Catholic Schools.

Speaking at the launch Bishop Donal McKeown, Chair of CCMS and CSTS said: “I am very pleased to introduce this paper which articulates the future vision of Catholic Education, its ethos, and values. Today’s children and young people are growing up in an increasingly complex world. The ministry and message of Christ is the foundation for all Catholic Schools. Cardinal James Hickey of Washington (b.1920-d.2004) was quoted as saying ‘We educate communities, not because they are Catholic but because we are!’ Catholic schools contribute to the pursuit of excellence within education, whilst remaining faithful to their distinctive culture, vision, and approach. They listen, encourage constructive dialogue, and support the development of mutual understanding; in so doing, they enhance local communities and provide the opportunity for holistic growth.”

Click below to view the ethos paper:

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