Living as Joyful Disciples: PVNC Schools Celebrate Catholic Education Week (May 5 to May 10)

May 5, 2019 

During the week of May 5 to May 10, 2019, the Peterborough Victoria Northumberland and Clarington (PVNC) Catholic District School Board will celebrate the significant contribution that Catholic education has made to the community, the province and to Canada.

Our Catholic Graduate Expectations challenge students to articulate in society those fundamental values that underpin Catholic education.

The theme for this year’s Catholic Education Week is: Catholic Education: Living as Joyful Disciples (L’éducation catholique: Vivre en disciples joyeux).

The 2019 CEW theme was inspired by three sources: Renewing the Promise, The Pastoral Letter on Catholic Education from the Bishops of Ontario; Gaudete et exsultate, the Apostolic Exhortation of Pope Francis on the Call to Holiness; and Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment, the October 2018 Synod of Bishops.

In his CEW 2019 video message to Catholic schools, Peterborough Bishop Daniel Miehm talks about what it means to be a “joyful disciple.”

“At the very heart of our mission, we strive to form disciples, people who not only know about Jesus, but who know Jesus and follow in his way,” Bishop Miehm said. “Our greatest desire is to form young people whose hearts are open to the amazing love of God and who bring God’s love to the world by putting their faith into action. This is the recipe for true joy.”

There are five sub-themes, one for each day of Catholic Education Week and they are aimed at helping staff and students to reflect more fully on what Living as Joyful Disciples means to them.

The five sub-themes are:

Day 1:              Rooted in Prayer  /  Enracinés dans la prière
Day 2:              Living in Community  /  Vivre au coeur de la communauté
Day 3:              Doing Justice & Creating Hope  /  Semer la justice et inspirer l’espérance
Day 4:              Journeying Together in Faith  /  Cheminer ensemble dans la foi
Day 5:              Sharing the Good News  /  Partager la bonne nouvelle

Catholic Education Week is marked by special activities at all grade levels, including prayer celebrations and service activities. PVNC will host its annual Catholic Student Leadership Awards night at Holy Cross Catholic Secondary School in Peterborough on Wednesday, May 8 at 7 p.m.

For a full list of school activities across PVNC, click here:

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