Faith Formation Plan 2020-2021
Edmonton Catholic Schools Staff Faith Formation Plan 2020-2021
The mission of Edmonton Catholic Schools is to provide a Catholic education that inspires students to learn and that prepares them to live fully and to serve God in one another. We acknowledge that our staff are the primary missionaries in this great work, and therefore we acknowledge that their ongoing faith formation is central to the fulfillment of our mission.
Catholic educators need a ‘formation of the heart’: they need to be led to that encounter with God in Christ which awakens their love and opens their spirits to others, so that their educational commitment becomes a consequence deriving from their faith, a faith which becomes active through love... Apart from their theological formation, educators need also to cultivate their spiritual formation in order to develop their relationship with Jesus Christ and become a Master like Him. (Educating Together in Catholic Schools: A Shared Mission Between Consecrated Persons and the Lay Faithful 25-26).
The fundamental tasks of Catechesis (General Directory for Catechesis 85) are:
- promoting knowledge of the faith
- liturgical education
- moral formation
- teaching to pray
- education for community life
- missionary initiation
Robust faith formation will allow the learner to engage in an activity in each of these domains, and each of the domains is important to a robust faith life.
Edmonton Catholic School Division (ECSD) provides many opportunities for staff to engage in ongoing faith formation. Some of these opportunities involve large groups of staff, and some are more individualized in nature.