The York Catholic District School Board held its annual Luke 4:18 Social Justice Symposium for elementary school students on Thursday, May 5, 2016, at its Catholic Education Centre in Aurora.
His Eminence, Cardinal Thomas Collins celebrated Mass in the afternoon as part of the symposium, which was attended by elementary students from across the Board who are members of their school's social justice councils, called Luke 4:18 clubs. The symposium's theme, "Opening Doors of Mercy: I Was a Stranger and You Welcomed Me," encouraged students to reflect on the ways in which people are treated as "strangers" in our society. It also engaged students in experiences that deepened their understanding of social justice issues.
The symposium featured several engaging speakers, including Dan Moynihan, the youth Ministry Specialist from the Diocese of London. Moynihan spoke to students about cooperation, problem solving, and team building, all in the context of Catholic faith and Catholic Social Teaching. Students also participated in experiential, hands-on activities where students were given opportunities to demonstrate their faith through acts of charity and faith. It was an exciting day-long event where students enjoyed developing their leadership, problem-solving, collaboration, planning, and presentation skills.