Celebrating Social Justice through Catholic Education Week


From May 1–6, Catholic Education Week is celebrated throughout hundreds of schools across the province of Ontario. This year’s theme is “Celebrating the Spirit".

ACCESS is celebrating the spirit of Social Justice through two conferences, in partnership with the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board, for a second time.

For secondary school students, the Youth Making a Difference Workshop was held on April 29 and the Called to Action Social Justice Conference for elementary school students is being held May 5.

“Catholic Education Week provides an excellent opportunity for students, staff, trustees and the wider community to reflect on the many great contributions Catholic schools make in our communities,” says John Kostoff, director of education, DPCDSB. “Our students are taught the virtues and values of the Catholic faith - community, responsibility, accountability, and collaboration - making them not just good students, but good citizens.”

Celebrating the Spirit sub-themes (one for each school day of the week) include the Spirit of Justice, marked Thursday, May 5 by the Called to Action Social Justice Conference for elementary school student, held in Brampton.

“During the week, the community celebrates the ways in which the Catholic schools’ life and curriculum are enhanced by Gospel values,” says Anna Abbruscato, chair of the board of trustees. Social Justice is one of these values, and ACCESS strives to provide Education - one of the basic human rights - to students in developing countries.

ACCESS also offers educational school presentations, including topics of Social Justice, and the Importance of Education, among others. Details can be found at

To learn more about the ACCESS and DPCDSB Called to Action initiatives, visit