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Message from the Archbishop of Brisbane

Leading into 2016, Pope Francis declared it to be an extraordinary jubilee, a Holy Year of Mercy. 

It was a wonderful way for our students to explore more of our Catholic tradition and for each of us to develop a deeper relationship with God. I commend Brisbane Catholic Education’s many activities and celebrations held throughout the year to focus our attention on the powerful gift of God’s mercy.

Pope Francis talks of ‘no one being excluded from God’s mercy’, and I was therefore incredibly moved by the powerful act of mercy shown by Brisbane Catholic Education in welcoming 88 Syrian refugees into our schools during 2016. 

Being a place of welcome has always been at the heart of our schools. What a significant opportunity this has been to show our young people, our leaders of the future, that we are all important in God’s eyes, that every child deserves a quality education, and that our differences can be sources of great insight and growth. 

Another highlight for the year for me was witnessing and supporting our Religious Education teams from across the Archdiocese as they completed a three-year process of validation for their Religious Education Programs in November. It was extremely rewarding to see, not only the passion and dedication our educators have for their work, but also their professionalism in delivering exceptional Religious Education Programs for our students. Such professionalism extends to every aspect of our curriculum and I thank all our teachers and school staff for their tireless work this year, as well as all at Brisbane Catholic Education Office for the important role each of you plays in supporting our educational mission in the Archdiocese.

Once again, I offer my sincere appreciation for the gracious way in which Executive Director Pam Betts continues to lead the organisation. I also thank and recognise the important contribution made this year by the Catholic Education Council, and Chair Dr Mark Sayers.

May the God of all wisdom continue to bless all that we do to lead the young to the Risen Jesus in whom is found all that makes us truly human.

As always in the Lord,



The Most Reverend Mark Coleridge

Archbishop of Brisbane​​​



Brisbane Catholic Education Office

243 Gladstone Road, Dutton Park Q 4102

GPO Box 1201 Brisbane 4001 Australia

Phone: (07) 3033 7000

Fax: (07) 3844 5101