On 24 February, Archbishop of Canberra and Goulburn Christopher Prowse celebrated Mass at St Christopher’s Cathedral to celebrate 200 years of Catholic Education with Catholic Education Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn director Ross Fox and National Catholic Education executive director Jacinta Collins in attendance, along with school communities and education office staff.
Ross said it is now almost 60 years since Catholic school parents and students highlighted the inequity of government support for Catholic Schools through the Goulburn school strike.
“The 56 Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn serving 21,000 students share a wonderful heritage and tradition built up over 200 years in Australia,” he said.
Catholic Education Canberra & Goulburn’s new deputy director Dr Tony Bracken said he especially valued the opportunity to acknowledge and meet religious members of the Archdiocese who have shaped and taught in Catholic schools in this part of Australia over a long period.
“We stand humbly today on the shoulders of all those who have generously committed their lives in service to Catholic education,” Tony said.
The Mass was live streamed to schools across the Archdiocese for those unable to attend.