Catholic schools play a vital role in the evangelising mission of the Catholic Church. They are important settings for witnessing to Jesus Christ who is the basis for the entire educational enterprise. Yet how can this mission be fulfilled in a context of increasing secularisation? How can a Catholic school be considered “a community of people, animated by the Holy Spirit, who want to share the experience of deep joy, the message of salvation that the Lord gave us”? (Pope Francis, World Mission Day 2013). Designed for leaders and teachers in Catholic schools, this course will outline the mission of Catholic schools and discuss practical approaches to areas such as spirituality and religious education. CEWA Ongoing Renewal: this course has been approved for Faith Formation.
Christopher Hayman is Religious Education Coordinator at Maronite College of the Holy Family, Parramatta and is currently completing a PhD in Education at The University of Notre Dame (Sydney) focussing on Catholic secondary schools and evangelisation. In 2014 he was awarded the Archbishop’s Prize for Excellence in Postgraduate Theology and holds a Bachelor of Music, Graduate Diploma of Education, and a Master of Arts (Theological Studies). Christopher has presented at a number of conferences, including the “2019 Catholic School Leaders’ Summit” at Franciscan University of Steubenville (USA). Together with his wife Ruth, Christopher regularly participates in parish-based evangelisation and faith formation activities.