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World Teachers' Day

October 5, 2017

Thank you to all teachers: educating is an important mission, which draws young people to what is good, beautiful, and true. (Pope Francis, 06/03/14) 

The United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization, commonly known as UNESCO, has a long history of advocating for both the rights and responsibilities of teachers at all levels of education around the world.  Their voice calls for quality training and decent working conditions for teachers around the world.  This will lead to the establishment of quality educational systems which are key in breaking the cycle of poverty.

World Teachers’ Day is celebrated on October 5 of each year to mark the anniversary of the signing of the 1996 International Labour Organizations (ILO)/UNESCO Recommendation Concerning the Status of Teachers.  The theme for this year is Teaching in Freedom, Empowering Teachers, and this year’s event marks the 20th anniversary of the 1997 UNESCO Recommendation Concerning the Status of Higher-Education Teaching Personnel. You can read more about World Teachers’ Day at

Let us offer a prayer for teachers everywhere!


A Prayer for Educators

Jesus Christ, Lord of all learning, You sat in the midst
of the teachers and doctors, hearing their words and
questioning their conclusions. 

Encourage all of us who teach Your people.
Help us to understand our place as mentors and figures
of authority. May we stand tall as teachers of human
dignity and purpose. 

Give us grace to fill the emptiness we often experience
and the endurance to serve what may seem to be futile.
Let us enjoy with You the reward of a person made
whole, made wise through Your lasting intercession and



~ from

Joan Carr