Catholic Education Week

The Catholic Education Week 2018 theme is "Discovering New Horizons".

The theme for Catholic Education Week this year has been aligned with the official Year of Youth theme for 2018 and is derived from a speech given by Pope Francis at World Youth Day 2016 where he called young people and the Church to ‘open new horizons for spreading joy’:

Pope Francis has said:

My friends, Jesus is the Lord of risk, he is the Lord of the eternal “more”. Jesus is not the Lord of comfort, security and ease. Following Jesus demands a good dose of courage, a readiness to trade in the sofa for a pair of walking shoes and to set out on new and uncharted paths. To blaze trails that open up new horizons capable of spreading joy, born of God’s love and wells up in your hearts with every act of mercy.

Catholic Education Week is an annual state-wide event that promotes the distinctive mission of Catholic schools throughout Queensland. The week is celebrated by all schools through a range of activities, liturgies and events. 

More information about our 2018 celebration can be found at

Spirit of Catholic Education Awards

The awards recognise outstanding contributions by individuals within the Catholic education community and are presented annually as part of Catholic Education Week (CEW) celebrations. The worthy recipients were recognised in a ceremony on Wednesday 1 August 2018.  

Click here for our 2017 local recipients and to read their stories.

Click here to read our 2016 local recipient's stories.

Deus Caritas Est Awards

The Catholic Education Deus Caritas Est  Award is our most prestigious student award and is presented during Catholic Education Week at the Catholic Education Week Mass. Each of our secondary schools nominated one representative who demonstrated a commitment to Christian living in how they interact and treat others.

Catholic Education Week Activities

Tuesday 31 July State Wide Launch of Catholic Education Week at the San Damiano Centre, St Anthony's Catholic College, Deeragun
Awarding of Deus Caritas Est medallions
Catholic Education Week Mass at the San Damiano Centre, St Anthony's Catholic College, Deeragun
Wednesday 1 August Local recognition of SOCE nominees, at Townsville Catholic Education Office, Kirwan