This week we hosted the second meeting for representatives from religious orders schools to discuss possibilities and ways to unite. Keen to share our good practices in terms of promotion of the unique ethos and charism our schools have to offer as well as governance and defence against further diminishing powers from state pressures, we heard from many orders including FCJ, Sacred Heart Network, Loreto, Salesians and many others. As only 2% of Catholic schools in the country are now religious order schools it seems sensible to unify our efforts to maintain the excellent standards, unique charisms, heritage, vision and values of our schools.
A working party was established to establish Terms of Reference for a Conference of Religious Order Schools and they will report back on this groundwork at the next meeting which will be held at Woodeaves on 2nd July at 11.00 am. Please contact the office if you would like to hear more about this.
O God, we thank you for the life of Edmund Rice.
He opened his heart to Christ present in those oppressed by poverty and injustice.
May we follow his example of faith and generosity.
Grant us the courage and compassion of Edmund as we seek to live lives of love and service.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.