Niagara Catholic schools are more than places where faith is learned. They are places where our faith is lived.
We are called daily to be the hands and feet of Jesus and to live by Gospel values. We remain committed to servant-leadership in all we do and strive to make deep connections between home, school and parish. We are profoundly grateful for the strong relationship between our schools and parishes, and with the Diocese of St. Catharines. We are particularly blessed to have such a strong advocate for Catholic education in Bishop Gerard Bergie, Bishop of the Diocese of St. Catharines. Bishop Bergie is the Honorary Chair of the Board, and is active in the faith life of the Board, including as co-chair of the Board’s Alliance Committee, which supports Catholic education in Niagara.
In 2019, Niagara Catholic continued the first year of our three-year Theological Theme, Seeds of Faith: Mass, Mercy, Mission, and moved into the second year, with the focus this school year on Mercy. Reflecting upon our theological theme, Niagara Catholic’s Chaplaincy Team facilitated our Journey Retreat program for all grade eight students and continue to offer a variety of dynamic retreat experiences for all grade nine and twelve students. Our 44th Annual Pilgrimage raised nearly $124,000 for social justice projects at home and in the developing world, and annual faith-focused events, such as our annual Holy Childhood Walk, Culture of Life Conference and Gr. 7 Faith Festival, were opportunities for our students to further reflect upon the gift of their faith and how they can be the hands and feet of Christ in our world.
In addition to sacramental preparation and faith development for students, Niagara Catholic also offered staff a number of faith development opportunities through Professional Development days and less formal after school events and activities, during Advent, Lent and throughout the year.