200_years_logoIn 2021 Catholic Education is celebrating 200 years in Australia, marking the bicentenary of the first Catholic school established in Parramatta in October 1820.

The 'Faith in the Future' theme reflects the core purpose of Catholic education to form students in their faith, and to provide an education that enables our graduates to make a meaningful contribution to the world.

A national launch of the 200 years celebrations will be held at St Patrick’s Primary School close to the site of the first school in the Parramatta Diocese. A national Mass will also be celebrated in every state, territory and diocese on the Feast of Our Lady Help of Christians on 24 May 2021.


National Launch of the Bicentenary of Catholic Education in Australia

Catholic education in Australia celebrated a significant milestone today, Thursday 18 February 2021, with the national launch of the Bicentenary of Catholic Education in Australia.  

For 200 years Catholic education has supported families and communities across Australia and currently represents some 768,000 students in 1,751 schools nationwide.

Archbishop Julian Porteous and CET Executive Director Dr Gerard Gaskin launched Catholic Education Tasmania’s celebrations of the national bicentenary with a ritual prayer at St John’s Catholic School in Richmond on Friday 12 February 2021. Established in 1843, St John’s is Tasmania’s longest operating Catholic school.

During the national launch, the Chair of the Bishops Commission for Catholic Education Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP released the Australian Catholic Bishops' Pastoral Letter titled, 200 Years Young, which recognises the contribution of religious, clergy and lay people to the foundation of Catholic education, and the distinctive role Catholic schools play in educating and forming young people of faith and service in their communities.