On May 2nd, 2012 the Board launched its new three-year pastoral plan of Faith, Hope and Charity, which builds on the Word, Worship and Witness focus of the previous pastoral plan. The Witness to Faith Symposium brought together educators, support staff, students, parents and spiritual leaders with the goal to strengthen the faith life of our schools and to raise the public profile of Catholic education in Toronto.
“The Symposium speaks to the Toronto Catholic District School Board as an inclusive learning community rooted in the love of Christ where we strive to educate students to grow in grace and knowledge and to lead lives of faith, hope and charity,” says Ann Andrachuk, Chair of the Board. “At Toronto Catholic we always look to transforming the world through witness, faith, innovation and action.”
Toronto Catholic schools have a proud history of inspiring students through curriculum that is rooted in Gospel values and informed by the Ontario Catholic School Graduate Expectations, helping them to realize their potential and to know what it means to be a discerning believer. TCDSB schools witness their faith through the many acts of compassion and caring within their local school communities, their neighbourhoods and around the world.
“All of us—parents, teachers, support staff, students, and spiritual leaders—share some responsibility for making our schools places of excellence where the faith of our youth is nourished and where they learn how to become good citizens in a global community,” says Director of Education Bruce Rodrigues.
The focus on Faith, Hope and Charity supports the goals of the Board’s Multi-Year Strategic Plan with its focus on Living our Catholic Values, Student Achievement and Well-Being and Inspired and Motivated Employees.
This focus also ties in nicely with the Board’s logo, which was designed in 1969 by Allan Fleming, which combines the cross, the anchor, and the heart representing the three theological virtues. It is based on the cross and anchor symbols used by the early Christians in the catacombs, with the added heart representing humanity.
The first year of the new three year pastoral plan also fits nicely with His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI’s announcement that October 2012 to November 2013 will be a universal Year of Faith for the Church to help the Church focus its attention on “Jesus Christ and the beauty of having faith in Him.”
Using a three cycle the TCDSB community will be invited to deepen their understanding of the Theological Virtues: Faith, Hope and Charity as a means to nurturing our Local Catholic communities. In collaboration with the TCDSB Virtue of the Month and the Ontario Catholic Graduate Expectations, the Toronto Catholic District School Board will focus on the following three year cycle:
- Year One (2012-2013) focus on the Theological Virtue of Faith
- Year Two (2013-2014) focus on the Theological Virtue of Hope
- and Year Three (2014-2015) focus on the Theological Virtue of Charity