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Fit for Mission  * * *

The groundbreaking education document Fit for Mission? Schools produced by the Bishop of Lancaster has received further praise from the Vatican. The document had previously been praised by the Congregation for Clergy. It has now also been singled out by Cardinal Zenon Grocholewski, Prefect of the Congregation for Catholic Education, as a 'reliable resource for renewing the vitality of Catholic education in today's society'. The cardinal commended Bishop Patrick O'Donoghue on behalf of the congregation for his 'initiative and work done to strengthen the values inherent in the Catholic school'. Cardinal Grocholewski highlighted the publication's 'comprehensive' use of documents from the Holy See to support the Catholic ethos in schools on a diocesan level.

The implementation of the Fit for Mission? Schools programme will be developed throughout Lancaster over the course of this year. The diocese's education centre will facilitate and co-ordinate further consultation and implementation of the action plan among primary and secondary schools, and colleges. The consultation will culminate in a diocesan conference in November 2008 to discuss the progress of the initiative over the year. Bishop O'Donoghue, currently on a pastoral visit to India at the invitation of the Syro-Malabar community, said: 'I am absolutely delighted with the letter from Cardinal Grocholewski. 'It is so encouraging to learn that Fit for Mission? Schools has been commended by the Congregation that has authority over all Catholic schools and colleges throughout the world.'

He added: 'I see it as yet another sign that our efforts at Lancaster are moving in the right direction. 'We are honestly trying to make our schools and parishes fit for mission - striving to communicate the Gospel with a freshness and energy to young and old.' [Gabriel Communications]

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