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Catholic Education Week

Living as Joyful Disciples

L’éducation catholique:Vivre en disciples joyeux
Catholic Education Week is held each year in May in our 29 Ontario Catholic school boards. It will run from May 5 – May 10, 2019.

The theme for CEW 2019, Living as Joyful Disciples, was inspired by three sources:

  • Renewing the Promise, The Pastoral Letter on Catholic Education from the Bishops of Ontario
  • Gaudete et exsultate, The Apostolic Exhortation of Pope Francis on the Call to Holiness[1]
  • Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment, The Synod of Bishops in October 2018[2]

Mindful of the upcoming Synod on Youth, the theme and sub-themes are very much directed to the young people in our schools, especially in their growth in holiness and their formation as disciples of Christ through the discernment of their vocational pathways.

In the section of Renewing the Promise entitled, “A Community that Forms Joyful Disciples,” we read: 

“Our Catholic schools help to form joyful disciples as hearts and minds are opened to the transforming love of God and to the flame of faith in action. On a daily basis, Catholic schools demonstrate the joy of believing and witness the Good News to the communities that they serve.”


The sub-themes for Catholic Education Week 2019 are as follows:

Monday:         Rooted in Prayer  /  Enracinés dans la prière

Tuesday:        Living in Community  /  Vivre au cœur de la communauté

Wednesday:   Doing Justice and Creating Hope/Semer la justice et inspirer l’espérance

Thursday:       Journeying Together in Faith  /  Cheminer ensemble dans la foi

Friday:            Sharing the Good News  /  Partager la bonne nouvelle

Catholic Education Week Prayer

Loving God,

We thank you for our Catholic school community where we can journey in faith together. Help us to accompany each other in our learning as we grow, living as joyful disciples of Jesus and bringing good news to the world.

May your love speak to our hearts, helping us to bring hope to others and a commitment to justice in all we do.

We make this prayer through Jesus, our Lord and teacher.