Vision, Mission and Values

The heart and energy of Mission has its source in God. Mission is what God does, through the church and in the world. In other words, it is not that God’s Church has a mission but rather that God’s mission has a church.  (Bevans 2009)


How is vision mission and ethos interrelated?

The mission of any group of people is how God works through us to live out the vision. Ethos underpins it and the culture that grows reflects it. The culture of the Catholic school is the lived expression of its ethos. It expresses core beliefs, values, traditions, symbols and patterns of behaviour which provide meaning to the school community and which help to shape the lives of students, teachers and parents. It shapes our Catholic identity and determines the authentic continuity of mission and purpose.

See below for key documents that inform the Vision, Mission, and Ethos of Brisbane Catholic education


Archdiocesan Vision

The Archdiocesan Vision Statement  (Jesus Communion Mission)

As an educational mission of the local church, Catholic schools share in the vision and priorities of the Archdiocese of Brisbane. Catholic educators and leaders:

  • embrace the person and vision of Jesus
  • build communion with God and others
  • engage in Christ’s mission in our world


Brisbane Catholic Education Vision

The Brisbane Catholic Education Vision - Teach, Challenge, Transform

Embracing the Archdiocesan Vision of Jesus, Communion, Mission, each Catholic community, organisation and individual collaboratively engaged in the educational ministry of the Church in the Archdiocese of Brisbane is called to: TEACH, CHALLENGE, TRANSFORM


Our Catholic schools

Defining features of Brisbane Archdiocesan Catholic schools:

  • promote the dynamic vision of God’s love manifest in the life and mission of Jesus Christ
  • recognise and nurture the spirituality of each person
  • are a place of quality learning and teaching
  • continue to act in partnership with families
  • provide authentic experience of Catholic Christian community
  • are open to those who support our values
  • are a community of care

(A report on the implementation of the Defining Features of Catholic schools in Queensland Dioceses, QCEC, November 2008)


Further reading:

Five Essential Marks of Catholic Schools (The Holy See’s teaching on Catholic Schools)

The Catholic School (CCE, 1977)

Lay Catholics in Schools: Witnesses to Faith (CCE, 1982)

The Religious Dimension of Education in a Catholic School (CCE, 1988)

The Catholic School on the Threshold of the Third Millennium (CCE, 1998)

Educating Together in Catholic School (CCE, 2007)

Australian Catholic Schools Why We Have Them? What They Aim to Achieve (NCEC)


For more information contact the IMARE Team