The Canberra-Goulburn Archdiocese will change the governance of Catholic Education to better support the Church’s mission in education and further enhance regulatory compliance and transparency. Source: Catholic Voice.
Canberra-Goulburn Archbishop Christopher Prowse said the archdiocese will adopt the civil framework of incorporation to govern Catholic Education from January 1, 2025.
Archbishop Prowse said the new governance will keep the mission of Catholic Education at the forefront and increase the inclusion of lay people in governance.
“Reviews of Church governance have shown we need to have additional transparency in the processes of governance canonically and civilly,” Archbishop Prowse noted.
“Other diocesan education entities around Australia have moved to alternative civil governance arrangements for their education ministries. I am convinced this is the right path for us at this time.
“The contemporary situation of the Church, the nation, and in education, together with prophetic call of Pope Francis to be open to change, demand that we respond in a new and dynamic fashion.
“Catholic Education in this Archdiocese has served local communities for more than 150 years and in Canberra for 95 years. I’m confident this initiative will support our schools, principals, teachers, staff, together with our priests and parish communities to flourish in the next century of evangelising service. The core pastoral and sacramental relationships between our priests and schools will not alter.”
There will be a transition from the trustees as the owner and operator of Catholic Education to a new not-for-profit company, registered as a charity, with full responsibility for the existing system of 56 schools with more than 22,000 students.
The company will have a board of directors with a chair and deputy chair. The board will be accountable for the governance of Catholic Education and the advancement of its mission of evangelisation.
Catholic Education director Ross Fox will continue in his role in the new company, reporting to the board.
New era in governance of Catholic Education Canberra Goulburn (Catholic Voice)