Bishop Gabriel made the disclosure during the recently-held official opening ceremony of the new Immaculate Conception Catholic School located at East Independence Square Street, Basseterre.
While delivering the Homily, the Bishop quoted from the draft letter and explained that, “All those involved in Catholic education are called to build communities of faith and holiness. In partnership with the family and the parish, the Catholic School participates in the saving mission of the Church. By evangelization, catechesis and works of service, the Catholic school builds up both the family of faith and the human community.”
He explained that a very important aspect of catholic education involves its articulation of the mission of Catholic Schools and Catholic Education.
Bishop Malzaire informed that the school is called to become primarily a privileged place of comprehensive formation and development, through the systematic and critical assimilation of one’s culture, which it achieves through a living and vital encounter with the cultural legacy.
“This means that such an encounter takes place in the school in an ongoing manner, that is, by confronting and inserting the perennial values into the contemporary context. Indeed, if culture is to be educational, it must be inserted into the problems of the time in which the young person’s life unfolds. Thus, the different disciplines must be presented not only as knowledge to be acquired, but as values to be assimilated and truths to be discovered,” he told the congregation which included Governor General His Excellency Dr. Sir Cuthbert Sebastian; Prime Minister Dr. Denzil L. Douglas; Governor General’s Deputy, Sir Edmund Lawrence; Minister of Education, Sen. Nigel Carty, Benefactor, Mr. Daniel Mezzalingua and Queen’s Counsel, Mr. Charles Wilkin.
Bishop Malzaire, who is also Bishop of Roseau, Dominica, said the Catholic school provides religious and moral reference points to help students critically examine the culture around them and build a society enlightened by the values of the Gospel. He said Catholic Schools are in a position to affirm that in the educational project of the Catholic school, Christ, the Perfect Man, is the foundation in whom all human values encounter their full realization, and accordingly their unity.
He further elucidated that Catholic education goes beyond the purely technical and practical aspects of schooling and aims at an integration of all knowledge within a vision of the world and of the human person. It focuses on the physical, emotional, moral and spiritual dimensions of human development, leading to a personal synthesis of faith and life of each student and growth in all areas prepares students for a meaningful life of service as committed Christians, building the Kingdom of God in a pluralistic society.