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Catholic teachers ‘called to be living examples of faith’


Teachers in the Diocese of Shrewsbury were reminded at the annual academic Mass that they are “called to be living examples of faith”.

Canon Philip Moor, a Vicar General of the Diocese, said at the Mass of Thanksgiving for Catholic Education that Jesus was at the centre of all of the work of Catholic schools and colleges.

Teachers should not only seek to transmit the faith in the classroom but also be able to present themselves as examples of faithful Christians to their pupils and students, suggested Canon Moor in his homily at the Mass at the Church of Our Lady Star of the Sea, Ellesmere Port.

“We gather together in the faith of Our Lord Jesus, Jesus who never disappoints, Jesus who never lets us down,” he said.

“We gather as educators together to give thanks this evening for all that’s gone on in our Diocese in the last academic year in education, in our schools, in our colleges.

“We give thanks in the best way possible – in the Eucharist, which is right at the heart of all that we do.

“It is the greatest act of thanksgiving that we have. We are celebrating the Year of the Eucharist at the moment. We are focusing on the Eucharist, we are focusing on the Real Presence of Christ here with us.”

“Jesus is the way, the truth and the life. Jesus is at the centre of all that we do in our Catholic schools and colleges,” he continued.

“As educators and disciples of the Lord we are called to live out our faith and what we believe not only in our schools but in all areas of our lives.

“We are called to be living examples of faith.

“Jesus says to us this evening, ‘Do not be afraid, only have faith’. Let’s pray together for the gift of faith.”

The Mass was organised by the diocesan Department of Education and drew teachers from all over the Diocese of Shrewsbury.

Afterwards, presentations were made to teachers who have completed the New Headteachers’ Induction Programme, teachers who have completed the Foundations in Faith Programme, and teachers who have completed the Newly Qualified Teacher/Recently Qualified Teacher Induction Programme.





(Photos by Simon Caldwell)