A Message from the Director of Education

WECDSB "What does God ask of you but to do justice, and love tenderly, and to walk humbly with your God?" Micah 6:8

These are special times for Catholic education in Ontario. With the inception of the Catholic Character Development initiative, we are blessed to be able to provide our students with our rich Catholic tradition in a new form. Our Catholic curriculum has always reflected a shared conviction that there are no neutral courses in our Catholic school programs because our faith story has meaning and implications for all of life, for all subjects and disciplines. Our Catholic faith forms the solid foundation on which we build all other educational programs, curriculum and policies.

Within this new initiative, each grade level is highlighted with its specific faith focus in the form of a Catholic theme, a virtue, and a belief statement, interwoven into the Ontario Catholic Graduation Expectations.

The Catholic Character Development initiative has afforded us a fresh opportunity to highlight our dedication to produce responsible, discerning believers formed in the Catholic faith community.

As Catholic educators let us embrace this new faith initiative and continue to lead our students to live lives that reflect our gospel teachings on Our Journey to Holiness.

Paul Picard
Director of Education

A Message from our Bishop R. Anthony Daniels

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

During his Pontificate, Pope John Paul II declared more people to be saints than all other popes combined. This was deliberate. Our late Holy Father wanted to remind us in a most powerful way that holiness is possible for everyone and, if we think otherwise, we underestimate ourselves and God's grace.

I am pleased to promote the Catholic Character Development Initiative of the Windsor- Essex Catholic District School Board. This initiative, based on solid principles such as a strong home-parish-school relationship; the important role of parents and teachers as witnessing disciples; and the importance of a Catholic education, leads our students through a series of reflections and exercises designed to assist in developing a strong Christian foundation on which to build their lives. This initiative is, in fact, a pathway to holiness.

I assure you of my prayers for the success of this initiative and invite you to join me in prayer for this worthy undertaking. I remain.

Most Reverend R. Anthony Daniels
Auxiliary Bishop of London