Over 1000 Catholic pastors and school leaders in Catholic Education from NSW and the ACT, particularly the Diocese of Parramatta, Broken Bay, Sydney and Wollongong gathered at Rosehill Gardens on Thursday 14 June for a day of reflecting, sharing and strengthening schools as centres of the new evangelisation.
Hosted by Bishop Anthony Fisher OP, the day included keynote addresses from Archbishop Jean-Louis Bruguès OP, secretary of the congregation for Catholic Education and Professor Richard Rymarz from the University of Alberta. Participants also had a choice of workshops focused on the topic of new evangelisation.
In introducing the day, Bishop Anthony made reference to the 2007 joint pastoral letter of the Bishops of NSW and the ACT, Catholic Schools at a Crossroads which called upon Catholic schools today to be centres of the new evangelisation.
'[The Bishops] asked the whole Catholic community to join them in recommitting to Catholic schooling in the 21st century, while challenging all those involved to dedicate themselves to ensuring that our schools are truly Catholic in their identity and life, enable students to achieve high levels of Catholic religious literacy and practice, and are led and staffed by people who will contribute to the mission,' said Bishop Anthony.
'Living and working at the centre of the Church, Archbishop Bruguès is uniquely placed to offer an international perspective on the challenges of making our schools centres of the new evangelisation,' he said. 'He knows the situation in countries alike and different to ours, what has worked or failed in them.'
Pictured: Bishop Peter Ingham, Bishop Anthony Fisher OP, Archbishop Jean-Louis Bruguès OP, Bishop Peter Comensoli.
Leaders in Catholic education focus on new evangelisation (Parramatta Catholic Education)