What’s Been happening in Religious Education and Mission

Laudato Si

“What kind of world do we want to leave to those who come after us, to children who are now growing up?” (160). This question is at the heart of Laudato si’ (May You be praised), the recent Encyclical on the care of the common home by Pope Francis.

The Encyclical takes its name from the invocation of St. Francis, “Praise be to you, my Lord”, in his Canticle of the Creatures. It reminds us that the earth, our common home “is like a sister with whom we share our life and a beautiful mother who opens her arms to embrace us”. We have forgotten that “we ourselves are dust of the earth; our very bodies are made up of her elements, we breathe her air and we receive life and refreshment from her waters.”

The final chapter invites everyone to the heart of ecological conversion. The roots of the cultural crisis are deep, and it is not easy to reshape habits and behaviour. Education and training are the key challenges: “change is impossible without motivation and a process of education” (15). All educational sectors are involved, primarily “at school, in families, in the media, in catechesis and elsewhere”.

Each student received a bookmark with the words of St Francis’ Canticle of Creation. Let it be a reminder that As Catholics, we are called to be stewards of this land. As a College faith community, we are called to be involved and agents of change.


Year 12 Prayer Families

Bethany College has a long tradition of supporting our Year 12 students as they complete their final weeks at school. As a community of faith in the Catholic tradition, Bethany College aims to display a faith commitment among the families of Bethany College. Therefore you are invited to be a Bethany Prayer Family to a Year 12 student.

You are invited to ‘spiritually adopt’ a Year 12 student, offering her support and prayers leading up to and for the duration of the Higher School Certificate examinations.  You will then receive the name of the Year 12 student, via a note to your daughter. Once you know who your student is, pray for her as a family. Include her name in your prayers whilst she is doing the HSC examinations.  At the Year 12 Graduation Ceremony, your name will be written on a Prayer Scroll and taken up during the Presentation of the Gifts.

If you are able to be a Prayer family, please contact Miss Kleist as soon as possible please.


Mary Kleist

Leader of Religious Education Mission