Catholic Education Week in Ontario Highlights Catholic Youth Day and Service

TORONTO – May 7, 2018 – This week students, parents, teachers, staff and communities across Ontario will be celebrating the significant contribution that Catholic education has made to life in this province. New this year will be the launch of Catholic Student Youth Day in Toronto on May 8th at St. Paul’s Basilica and the WE Global Learning Centre at 339 Queen St E.

The 2018 theme for Catholic Education Week is Renewing the Promise and throughout the week Catholic schools will be highlighting how the integration of faith into all aspects of learning nourishes the development of the whole child – mind, body and spirit – and brings to light the innate goodness and potential in each person.

Unique and locally themed activities will be happening in the more than 1500 Catholic schools across Ontario. Activities include Indigenous traditional celebrations, community wide prayer services, charitable activities serving the most vulnerable, and elementary school presentations. To locate activities happening at your local Catholic school board please visit OCSTA’S Ontario Catholic school board directory at:

Catholic Student Youth Day

Catholic Student Youth Day, coordinated by provincial student trustee leaders Ben Smith of the York Catholic District School Board and Christina Atrach of the Halton Catholic District School Board, will launch on May 8th with Mass at Toronto’s St. Paul’s Basilica (83 Power St.). The celebrant for Mass will be His Excellency, Bishop Gerard Bergie. Following Mass students will walk to the WE Global Learning Centre to participate in a program celebrating the student fundraising goals achieved for the most vulnerable people locally in our Ontario communities and around the world. To raise funds, students participated in Christian service activities leading up to this event. Featured speakers for the day include: Patrick J. Daly, Past President, OCSTA; Fr. Renatus Karumuna, Spiritan Fathers -Tanzania, Luke Stocking, Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace, and Spencer West, Social Activist and Motivational Speaker. Media interested in attending this event are asked to contact Sharon McMillan – / 416-460-7937.

The Ontario Catholic School Trustees’ Association is the provincial voice for publicly funded Catholic education. Founded in 1930, OCSTA represents the interests of Catholic school boards that collectively educates approximately 550,000 students in Ontario, from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 12.

For more information, please contact:
Sharon McMillan, Director of Communications
Tel: 416-932-9460, ext. 232 –