On 24 February, Brisbane Catholic Education (BCE) held their launch for the 200 years of Catholic education with a liturgy led by Auxiliary Bishop of Brisbane Ken Howell at St Mary’s Church in Ipswich.
The liturgy was attended by Ipswich Parish Priest Franciscan Fr Stephen Bliss and school communities from across the Archdiocese.
St Mary’s Church was selected as the venue for the launch as the neighbouring St Mary’s College, which opened in 1863, is the oldest BCE Catholic school.
BCE’s executive director Pam Betts reflected on the impact Catholic schools had made to the lives of thousands of students.
“As I participated in the liturgy, I couldn’t help but reflect on the thousands of students who attended our Catholic schools over those two centuries,” she said in a message.
“What a difference we have made in the world. We stand on the shoulders of all who have gone before us. We owe them a great debt of gratitude.
“Those early pioneers of Catholic education, the religious women and men and priests, had a vision and the courage to realise that vision to serve communities across Australia,” Pam said.