Catholic Education Council Background

Background

The Catholic Education Council was established by Archbishop Patrick O'Donnell in 1965 with the initial responsibility to advise and at times, to act on behalf of the Archbishop in all matters relating to Catholic education.

In order to keep abreast of the many changes in education over the past four decades, the role of Council has been subject to regular review and has evolved over time to adapt to the changing climate of education. The work of the Council continues to focus on Catholic education as contained in the Vision Statement for Catholic Education and within the Archdiocesan Vision of Jesus Communion Mission.

Purpose

The Catholic Education Council is responsible for providing advice to the Archbishop in the exercise of his leadership, teaching and governance responsibilities in the area of Catholic schools.

The role of the Catholic Education Council is to discern, advise and recommend broad educational policies and strategic priorities to the Archbishop, and to monitor policy implementation in schools for which Brisbane Catholic Education is responsible. In undertaking this role the Council strives to be pastoral in outlook, developmental in approach, and seeks to initiate, encourage, support, promote and coordinate Archdiocesan educational activities in Catholic schools.

Responsibility

The Catholic Education Council has responsibility in a number of areas including supervision of the implementation of the Catholic Education Vicariate governance policies, strategic planning, policy development; monitoring policy implementation, and coordination between Brisbane Catholic Education schools and religious institute schools.  The Council provides broad advice on the development and formation of staff and leaders in Catholic education; oversees the stewardship of the resources entrusted to Catholic education through oversight of the annual budgeting and financial cycle; provides advice to the Archbishop in accordance with canon law in matters relating to religious institute schools; and recommends religious education guidelines for Catholic schools and policies that encourage the provision of lifelong faith education in the Archdiocese.

Membership

The Catholic Education Council is presided over by the Archbishop or his delegate, who is the Vicar General of the Archdiocese. The Vicar General is an ex-officio member of the Council. The Executive Director of Brisbane Catholic Education is the Executive Officer and is an ex-officio member of the Council.

The Archbishop appoints a Council chair and members who will bring to the Council a broad spectrum of interest and involvement in the various areas of Catholic education in the Archdiocese.

With the exception of the chair of the Council and those ex-officio members appointed by the Archbishop, members are appointed for a term of four years, with a maximum of two consecutive terms.

Functions

The functions of the Council include:

  • participate in setting the vision and strategic directions for Catholic schools in the Archdiocese;
  • recommend to the Archbishop the religious education curriculum for Catholic schools;
  • develop, review and monitor broad educational policy within the Archdiocese;
  • stewardship of the resources entrusted to Catholic education in the Archdiocese through oversight of the annual budgeting and financial cycle;
  • provide advice to the Archbishop in accordance with canon law in matters relating to religious institute schools in the Archdiocese;
  • provide advice to the Archbishop on the provision of new schools, restructuring, or closure of schools in the Archdiocese;
  • as appropriate, to appoint standing committees and working parties to advise and assist the Council;
  • as appropriate, to commission research or initiate projects to assist the Council in its functions.