To launch 200 years of Catholic education in Australia and Catholic Education Western Australia’s (CEWA) 50 Years Together celebrations, a cocktail reception was held on 21 February 2021 in Perth.
Distinguished guests included presiding Bishops and Bishops Emeritus of Western Australia, leaders and members of Religious Congregations, the Shadow Minister for Education Donna Faragher MLC, the vice-chancellor of University of Notre Dame Australia professor Francis Campbell, former Directors of CEWA, principals, directors of Catholic agencies and representatives from Catholic School Parents WA.
As part of the commemorative reception, students from Sacred Heart College played their rendition of the national song for the bicentenary, ‘Faith in the Future’.
CEWA executive director Dr Debra Sayce said many of the qualities and characteristics that are most admirable in our Catholic education system are inherent in the values of our faith tradition.
“While others were born of necessity in the early days of Catholic education, the commitment to faith formation, the resourcefulness, the partnership with parents, families and parish, and the care for those at the margins of society,” she said.
Archbishop of Perth Timothy Costelloe SDB DD reflected on the future of Catholic education.
“We don’t need to worry about Catholic education in the future, and if you want to know why just have a look at each other,” Archbishop Timothy said.
The evening featured addresses by current CECWA chair Bishop of Bunbury Gerard Holohan DD and former CEWA Director and UNDA vice-chancellor Dr Peter Tannock AM, as well as the screening of a short film sharing stories from past Catholic educators, system leaders and current students.