In ecclesial terms mission is about evangelisation; evangelisation is about transformation, on a personal, communal, systemic, local and global level. The current Church understanding of evangelisation has developed since Vatican II under the strong influence of both Paul VI (Evangelii Nuntiandi, 1975) and John Paul II (a new evangelisation). Evangelisation is about every way the church continues the ministry and mission of Jesus in the world. This includes celebrating the sacraments; doing works of justice, peace and compassion, building up community, carrying out our everyday work, in our structures and processes and being citizens in our society.
Spiritual Formation of staff in Catholic schools is universally acknowledged as critical to the effective mission of catholic schools. More than ever, spiritual formation of staff from induction to leadership and succession planning is seen as vital to the ministry of all those involved in Catholic education. In this Archdiocese, the strategic initiatives in spiritual formation are underpinned by a comprehensive conceptual understanding of spiritual formation outlined in the framework document Catching Fire.
The Evangelisation and Spiritual Formation Team has a focus on the promotion of Catholic identity, the evangelising role of schools and the spiritual and faith formation of staff.