Schools across Australia attend the National Making Jesus Real Conference

On Thursday 4 May and Friday 5 May, 25 teachers from our CSO schools attended the National Making Jesus Real (MJR) Conference at St Kevin’s Catholic School in Benowa, QLD.  

Making Jesus Real is a philosophy developed by Peter Mitchell from the Tasmanian Catholic Education Office around 18 years ago. It identifies strategies and actions that makes sure Jesus is known and lived daily, in the smallest of things, in our schools.  

Approximately 160 teachers from across Australia gathered at the conference to listen to current research on MJR, to watch teachers use MJR in their schools and to explore ways of making sure Jesus is a real presence in our schools.

Education Officer, Mark Spencer from the CSO, is the inspiration behind the large delegation from our diocese attending the Conference.  

Mark was joined by Principals, Assistant Principals, RECs, Coordinators and teachers from our primary and secondary schools at the Conference.

Mark discussed how we can fully implement MJR in our schools and how to integrate this philosophy in other schools.  

“MJR is a way of being that sits within and supports the Religious Education curriculum and the Catholic identity of the school.

“The MJR philosophy is inspired by the words, actions and teachings of Jesus Christ and provides opportunities and resources for students so they can discover the values, qualities and attitudes necessary for a faith filled, positive life.

“The conference was a great experience to gather with colleagues and share ideas and the practicalities of MJR in the school environment,” said Mark.

A special mention was addressed at the conference by the creator of MJR, who acknowledged the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle for sending 25 representatives. Peter praised the CSO for keeping the ‘Spirit of Jesus Alive.’

For more information about Making Jesus Real, schools can contact Mark Spencer at the Catholic Schools Office.

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Brian Lacey

Brian Lacey is a former K-12 Principal, and current Head of RE & Spirituality Services (Catholic Schools Office).