‘Come follow me’ – the call of Jesus to each of us lies at the heart of the school’s religious life. We seek to explore and embrace that call in a variety of ways.
First, as a call to the heart, to repentance, inner conversion and discipleship, to the love of God and our neighbour, a love fostered in worship and prayer. So opportunities for worship and prayer are extensive at St Edward’s, it is indeed a praying community. Second, a call to the mind, to the intellect, so the study of theology is of vital importance; 10% of curriculum time in Years 7-11 is spent in the study of religion, and sixth formers too have classes in the Catechism of the Catholic Church weekly. Pupils thus have the opportunity to form a secure understanding of the Gospel and to learn to take account of the teachings of the Church as they develop their own viewpoints on life.
Thirdly, the call to follow Jesus is a call to action, so charity work, advocacy for the marginalised and empathy with the suffering hold an honoured place. Through encountering and understanding many of the Church’s projects in outreach to a needy world, we become more rounded, morally and socially aware, and more able to make a positive difference in the world. Fourthly, being able to discuss and defend one’s own beliefs, whilst being open to the views of others and showing respect for different perspectives, is an important ability in the contemporary world. Finally, considering one’s future direction and engaging with the question of ‘what is my vocation?’ is a vital part of the work of any Catholic school; we are proud and delighted at the number of young men who have offered themselves for ordination from St Edward’s, but equally so of the many more young men and women who have discovered a vocation to Holy Matrimony, to family life, to promoting the common good through business, the professions, politics, daily work.
In the words of Blessed John Henry Newman, “God has created me to do Him some definite service. He has committed some work to me which He has not committed to another. I have my mission. I may never know it in this life, but I shall be told it in the next. I am a link in a chain, a bond of connection between persons. He has not created me for naught. I shall do good; I shall do His work.”
2017 has been designated our College Year of the Eucharist, a time for particular renewal of our understanding of and devotion to the gift of himself which Christ makes to us in the Eucharist. Special events for the Year of the Eucharist have included a Corpus Christi procession, led by the Archbishop of Liverpool.