Education Sunday has been embraced by our Church for 175 years, serving as a tribute to the significance of education in our faith journey. This year, on 10 September, as we come together in our parishes and schools, we are reminded of the words of Jesus: "Where two or three meet in my name, I shall be there with them."
The day commemorates the dedication of our forebears in the 19th century, who recognised the transformative power of education and the role it played in nurturing faith, morals, and culture. Today, we celebrate their legacy, as the Catholic Church has become the largest provider of secondary schools and the second-largest provider of primary schools in the country.
Joan McCarthy, Director of Education, commented: “as we gather for Mass, we recognise those who work tirelessly within our schools and colleges - teachers, staff, administrators, and volunteer helpers – as well as the children and young people themselves. Let us extend a blessing to them, acknowledging their dedication and contribution.”
Let us remember the words of St. John Bosco: "Without confidence and love, there can be no true education." Our Catholic schools foster this confidence and love, empowering young minds to embark on journeys of discovery and growth.
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