Pope Francis has urged Catholics to ‘speak boldly and listen humbly’, to rediscover our capacity to listen and be silent in order to make space for the beauty of God. He reminds us that young people call us to renewed and expansive hope, for they represent new directions for humanity and open us up to the future.

2020 marks the dawn of a new decade and a new era. The theme of ‘The future is listening’ impels us to ask of ourselves, who are we as Catholic educators and what do we have to say? What do our young people have to say? What imprint on the future can the NCEC 2020 conference make for Catholic education across Australia? This call to action represents a pivotal point in time to explore, listen and articulate what the future of educating young people could look like.

Within the current landscape of great opportunities and challenges, Catholic educators are called to listen, and to meet these challenges with courage, and with faith, hope and love for our students.