An historic moment in Canadian history was unveiled recently at a Catholic school in rural, northwestern Ontario.
Greg Rickford, Minister of Natural Resources and Minister for the Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario, chose St. Louis School in Kenora, Ont. at which to reveal the newest edition of the map of Canada.
For this small, Catholic elementary school, located in an area referred to as Keewatin in Kenora, hosting national news was a special event.
Acting principal of St. Louis School, Jackie Robinson, said the school’s students and staff felt honoured to be among the first people to see the new map. The school accommodates 177 students from junior kindergarten to Grade 6 and is part of the Kenora Catholic District School Board.
World Catholic Education Day is less than a month away and plans are being made to celebrate around the globe.
CCSTA is encouraging trustees, parents, educators, students and parish leaders, to join together on May 14, 2015 and take time to pay tribute to the celebration of the gift of Catholic education.
Pope Francis I said in his address to participants in the plenary session of the Congregation for Catholic education last year it is the responsibility of Catholic educational institutions to “know how to enter, with courage, into the Areopagus of contemporary cultures and to initiate dialogue, aware of the gift they are able to offer to all.”
Indeed, Catholic education has served nations for centuries through teaching students in their faith. Throughout Canada, provinces, territories and dioceses now dedicate special days or weeks to celebrate Catholic education.
The CCSTA convention and annual general meeting is only two months away and the association is gearing up for a landmark event.
Being hosted by St. Bonaventure’s College in Newfoundland and Labrador, it is set to inspire with insightful speakers from a variety of backgrounds. Each brings a unique perspective to Catholic education and Catholicism, guiding participants through thought-provoking sessions.
These speakers will share their experiences with delegates attending the CCSTA convention from June 11 to 13, in St. John’s, NL. This year’s theme reflects the heart of the province and the challenges facing Catholic education throughout the country. The theme, Launch forth into the deep/Avancez au large et jetez vos filets, stems from moments in the gospel (Luke 5:1-11; John 21: 4-8) when Jesus invites Peter and his fellow fishers to cast their nets in trust despite all the indications that little or nothing was to be had.