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Renewing the Promise

A Pastoral Letter for Catholic Education

With the release of Renewing the Promise (2018), a pastoral letter in the tradition This Moment of Promise (1988) and Fulfilling the Promise (1993) the Bishops have provided us with a very positive and affirming message. 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. Read the Pastoral Letter for Catholic Education here.

School Boards and partners are invited to share resources developed locally. Please forward your submissions in Microsoft Word format through email to: office@iceont.ca.

Discussion Guide for the Pastoral Letter 

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. View the Discussion Guide here.

Support for Dioceses – Suggestions for Discussion

While this pastoral letter addresses the hopes and concerns for and about Catholic Education in Ontario, the bishops’ intended audience goes well beyond the educational staff  to their students and their families and to the Catholic parishes and communities that come together in the home-school-parish relationship. This Support for Dioceses- Suggestions for Discussion propose opportunities and methods to assist bishops and Diocesan teams in developing their own pastoral strategies for the appropriation of the letter as well as potential frameworks for developing a response to the invitation inherent in this pastoral letter.RTP – Support for Diocese FINAL

A 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. Read the Personal Reflection (printable version) here.

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 school 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 the 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.

Discussion Guide PowerPoint Presentation

School boards, schools, partner associations, dioceses, parishes and other faith communities are welcome to review and facilitate further discussion through the following PowerPoint Presentation.

MONOGRAPHS
A series of Monographs to serve as additional resources to support local efforts as schools and school boards continue to develop local priorities and initiatives in response to both the Renewing the Promise symposium and Pastoral Letter.

Heart, Head and Hands: A Framework for Considering
This issue identifies and addresses the key themes which emerged from the discerning conversations that took place at the Renewing the Promise symposium held in November 2017.


Let the Gospels Lead the Way
This monograph addresses the first theme that emerged from the Renewing the Promise symposium and invites a focus on the importance of bringing the gospel message alive in our schools.


Understanding and Cultivating Authentic Community
This monograph addresses the second theme that emerged from the Renewing the Promise symposium, and focuses on the nature and importance of a trusting and collaborative community in our schools.


Inspiring Students to Love God More
This monograph addresses the third theme that emerged from the Renewing the Promise symposium, and highlights the ongoing need to rekindle mission and values. It encourages educators to recognize the graced opportunity Catholic schools have to inspire students to love God more.


Developing Faith and Identity in Our School Community
This monograph addresses the fourth theme that emerged from the Renewing the Promise symposium. This issue highlights the ongoing need to develop faith and identity in our school communities and explores possible ways to do so.