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It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers...
(Ephesians 4:11)

Education today is a complex task, which is made more difficult by rapid social, economic, and cultural changes. Its specific mission remains the integral formation of the human person.

(Vatican Congregation for Catholic Education)

Education

Overview: Catholic Education

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“The church has a mandate to proclaim the Good News, to “make disciples of all the nations” (Matt. 28:19) and to renew all things in Christ. The Catholic school is “the lifeline for the Church” and “an essential instrument for spreading and deepening the faith, for the expansion of Christianity and the Kingdom of God.” In partnership with the family and the parish, the Catholic school shares in the saving mission of the Church by teaching Christian truth. Its students are educated to “promote effectively the welfare of the earthly city” and to contribute to the growth of God’s reign here on earth. The graduates of the Catholic school are called to become part of “the saving leaven of the human family.” 

It is through faith and baptism that a person becomes a member of the family of God. As such, every baptized member of the church is “entitled to a Christian education,” as stated by Vatican II. “Baptized persons gradually should acquire knowledge of the mystery of salvation and so grow more conscious of the gift of faith they have received” and learn to conduct their lives “in righteousness and in the sanctity of truth. 

We believe that such Catholic education is an appropriate response to the compelling call of Pope John Paul II: “The whole church, pastors and lay faithful alike, standing on the threshold of the Third Millennium, ought to feel more strongly the Church’s responsibility to obey the command of Christ, ‘Go into all the world and preach the Gospel to the whole creation’ (Mk. 16:15), and take up anew the missionary endeavour. A great venture, both challenging and wonderful, is entrusted to the church - that of a re-evangelization, which is so much needed by the present world.”  (The Catholic Bishops of British Columbia) 

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