ACSTA stands in solidarity on World Catholic Education Day with those affected by Ft. McMurray fire

May 5, 2016

Edmonton, AB - Today on World Catholic Education Day, the Alberta Catholic School Trustees’ Association (ACSTA) stands in solidarity with our brothers and sisters who have been impacted so greatly by the fire in Ft. McMurray. It is with heavy hearts and great concern that we have witnessed the unfolding of the unprecedented events over the last few days.

Catholic schools across the province are taking this day to showcase Catholic education in special ways. World Catholic Education Day is held 40 days after Easter on Ascension, and is a time for Catholics around the world to take a moment to pause, reflect and pray on the gift that is Catholic education, and how it has served many in Canada over the years, from primary to post-secondary education.

The ACSTA affirms its commitment to support and celebrate Catholic education in Alberta, the Northwest Territories and the Yukon. As Pope Francis commented back in February 2015 to a group of educators, “You cannot speak of Catholic education without speaking about humanity, because the Catholic identity is precisely that God became man.”

This is why the ACSTA stands in solidarity with everyone affected by the Ft. McMurray fire, as Catholic education at its heart is about humanity, and how as God’s children, it is our obligation and privilege to help those in need. Along with our continuing prayers for safety and security for all affected, we stand ready to help by supporting our local Bishops and school boards in their campaigns to raise funds for victims of this terrible tragedy. We are also working closely with our member boards, as well as the Council of Catholic School Superintendents of Alberta, to help displaced students. Please know that all of us involved in Catholic education in Alberta stand ready, able and willing to help students, staff and their families in any way we can, be it through registering at new schools, to more tangible ways, such as the procuring of school supplies.

In the meantime, the ACSTA is encouraging people to donate to their local Bishops Appeals, and the Red Cross, whose relief efforts offer immediate help to those in need. Please visit http://www.redcross.ca/in-your- community/alberta. Also, dioceses across the province are having special collections this weekend. Please contribute generously.

Stay tuned for further updates from the ACSTA on actions we are taking to help. For further information, contact Adriana LaGrange, ACSTA President at 403-396-9912 or Dean Sarnecki, ACSTA Executive Director at 780-484-6248. Please follow our Twitter feed @ACSTANews to stay up to date on what’s going on with our member boards. You can access the full list via this link: http://www.acsta.ab.ca/about-us/member-boards to see what great things are happening in Catholic education across the province. Also, be sure to visit our member boards’ respective Twitter and Facebook pages for Education Week updates.

 

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2016-05-05 4:34PM
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Education Week - May 2 - 6, 2016

Alberta Catholic Schools Celebrate Education Week


Edmonton, AB - May 2 to 6 is Education Week in Alberta, and the Alberta Catholic School Trustees’ Association (ACSTA) is pleased to help share our member boards’ activities during Education week, showcasing and celebrating publicly funded Catholic education in the province.

The theme for this year’s Education Week from Alberta Education is “Learning Together”, which local Catholic school boards in the province, such as Calgary Catholic School District, and Edmonton Catholic School District and others have taken and integrated the additional theme “We are Teachers”, which further exemplifies the importance of the teacher student connection in learning together.

For example, Medicine Hat Catholic Board of Education has put together a short video for Education Week, highlighting teachers’ thoughts about what the theme “Learning Together” means to them. It can be accessed via this link.https://youtu.be/RWcgGRuu9ys.

Please follow our Twitter feed @ACSTANews to stay up to date on what’s happening with our member boards. You can access the full list via this link: http://www.acsta.ab.ca/about-us/member-boards to see what great things are happening in Catholic education across the province. Also, be sure to visit our member boards’ respective Twitter and Facebook pages for Education Week updates.
 
 

Anthony Murdoch
ACSTA Communications
anthony@acsta.ab.ca
 
2016-05-03 3:37PM
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2016 ACSTA AGM & Convention

The Alberta Catholic Trustees’ Association (ACSTA) AGM will be taking place from November 18 to 20, at the Westin Edmonton, 10135-100 Street, and promises to be quite an event for 2016 as the ACSTA celebrates its 50th anniversary.


Celebrating 50 years is quite a milestone, and for 2016 our AGM will reflect our 50 years through a specially planned Gala event, which will look into the past, present and future of the ACSTA. More information on the ACSTA AGM and Gala event will be posted here soon, so make sure to check back.


The Keynote speaker for the AGM will be Dr. Josephine Lombardi. She has worked as a parish minister, a high school chaplaincy leader, a teacher through O.E.C.T.A., and a university campus minister. The ACSTA is excited to have Dr. Lombardi as the keynote, and her expertise in faith formation, religious education as well as her work in the media through Salt and Light Television makes her the perfect fit, especially for our 50th anniversary.


Dr. Lombardi is currently Associate Professor of Pastoral and Systematic Theology, Professor of Field Education, and Director of Lay Formation for St. Augustine’s Seminary in Scarborough, Ontario. She recently has been appointed Series Theologian for the new Religious Education curriculum for grades 1 through 8, “Growing in Faith, Growing in Christ” for Catholic School Boards in Ontario, Alberta and Saskatchewan.

2016-04-13 2:41PM
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