Igniting Hope 

This week, schools across the province of Ontario will be celebrating Catholic Education Week. At the beginning of the school year, Igniting Hope was chosen as the theme for this year’s Catholic Education Week. Who could have predicted how needed signs of hope would be this spring.

Kim Hutchinson, Principal of Thomas D’Arcy McGee Catholic School, recently shared that “the Ottawa Catholic School Board (OCSB) will be using social media as the platform for sharing messages of hope. Staff, students and families are invited to share photos and stories of how they are sharing, inspiring and igniting hope around them by using the #ocsbHope hashtag”.   

Each day of the week will have a different theme:    

  • Monday – for the ones we love – send a message of hope to someone in your family,
  • Tuesday – for the ones who teach us – send a message of hope to your teacher(s),
  • Wednesday – for leaders – send a message of hope to a leader in your community/world (government leaders, school board leaders, your parish priest, Archbishop Prendergast, Pope Francis) ,
  • Thursday – for those in need and those who care for them – send a message of hope to a nursing home, hospital, The Mission, Shepherds of Good Hope, frontline and healthcare workers,
  • Friday – for yourself – send yourself a message of hope – for today and the future.

Archbishop Prendergast has written a reflection on Catholic Education Week. You can find his reflection here:

His Eminence, Thomas Cardinal Collins will celebrate a province-wide Catholic Education Week Mass on Wednesday.