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Renewing the Promise – A Pastoral Letter for Catholic Education

The Bishops have provided us with a very positive and affirming message with the release of Renewing the Promise. The letter uses the scriptural account of the Road to Emmaus as the basis for their reflection on the mission and vision of Catholic education, celebrating that a true encounter with Jesus can and does take place, each and every day within our Catholic schools. The Bishops encourage all who share responsibility for Catholic education to continue to nurture and strengthen Catholic schools as communities that exemplify, in word and in deed, the Good News of Jesus Christ.

A Pastoral Letter for Catholic Education


Renewing the Promise Discussion Guide

This discussion guide provides suggestions for facilitating reflection and discussion about the Pastoral Letter and is intended for school boards, schools, partner associations, dioceses, parishes and other faith communities.

Click here to access the Discussion Guide.


Personal Reflection

You are encouraged to read the Pastoral Letter, Renewing the Promise, and to spend time reflecting on how it speaks to you directly, given your personal experience and perspective and its meaning for you within your role.

Click here to access the Renewing the Promise Personal Reflection document.


Making Connections: Renewing the Promise and Achieving Excellence in Ontario's Catholic Schools

Young people are eager to find solid and enduring values which give meaning and purpose in their lives. Catholic schools are places where children and young people may find solid and enduring values to give hope, meaning and purpose to life through an authentic relationship with Jesus Christ. This relationship, and certain knowledge of God's unwavering love for us, provides a firm place to stand in shifting times (Renewing the Promise). Reflection and discussion can be further facilitated through the following Placemat.

Click here to access the Renewing the Promise Discussion Guide placemat.


All resources are provided courtesy of the Institute for Catholic Education (ICE).