BY ROBIN WILLIAMS
Archbishop Mark Coleridge may have only just completed his first official week as leader of the Church in Brisbane but already his passion for Catholic schools and their role in the Church was evident.
During his first non-liturgical engagement at the Powerhouse of Leaders on May 14 for the student leaders of Catholic schools in the archdiocese he told students and staff of his desire to spend as much time as possible making personal contact with schools.
Three days later Archbishop Coleridge devoted an entire day to schools, visiting firstly Brisbane Catholic Education's (BCE) Dutton Park offices before visiting three schools and blessing one more.
Archbishop Coleridge told staff and student leaders at St Augustine's College, Springfield, that schools were at the heart of the Catholic Church.
"I've had a long experience of Catholic schools and I think they are right at the heart of what we try to be and do as the Catholic Church.
"So I am going to take my role as the chief teacher in the diocese very seriously and that means in terms of action, not just words, that I will visit the schools as often as I can."
Schools at heart of Catholic mission (Catholic Leader)