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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:





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.




For additional resources, visit the Monographs – Renewing the Promise page.