10th Anniversary Congregation

Further to the invitation email, more information relating to our 10th Anniversary Congregation can be found below:



The Trust was formed 10 years ago to bring together the Catholic schools in our area as a family of families, serving God and the communities of our region within the Diocese of Leeds.

We have been on quite a journey of discovery in that time; much of it joyful, almost all of it very productive and some of it challenging at times, as is natural. Our Trust is now in a very different place as our onward journey continues and we have much to share, reflect on and celebrate.

We are calling the day a congregation rather than a conference; it is a gathering together of people with different experiences, gifts and questions but we all share a common purpose, passion and ethos.

Our schools each have strong and distinct personalities and along with the team that leads and serves the whole organisation, we are congregating to share and celebrate our distinctiveness and ask of ourselves individually and collectively as a whole Trust; ‘Who do you think you are?’.

David Wells, our internationally renowned keynote speaker, will use that question as a springboard to help us discover anew who we are as an organisation, very much using the words of our chosen Saint, 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”

We will explore the idea that chains of which each of us is a link, are centred on Christ and that together we hold the communities of our region fast in God’s love.

We will acknowledge that just as a knife can be an agent of destruction in the hands of one with ill intent, but a tool for creativity and delight in the hands of a sculptor or a chef, a chain can be used to keep people out or entrap them or as an agent of goodness and life; we think of chains of people bringing aid or passing water to put out a fire.

Our chain is of that nature as together we bring God’s love.

We also reflect as we return to our title of ‘Who do you think you are?’ that our very DNA is a series of chains. Our DNA as a Trust, in which we trust one another, is faith love and indeed. Trust, in its true sense, as a verb rather than a noun.

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