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 messageThe 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.

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.

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.


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