The Diocesan Catholic Education Commission introduces “Saint Peter’s Award”
As an encouragement for Primary, Junior and Senior Secondary graduating students from Diocesan schools who have excellent performance in religious subjects and are actively participating in religious activities, the Diocesan Catholic Education Commission has newly introduced the “St. Peter’s Award” starting in the academic year of 2019/2020, awarding a trophy, a certificate and scholarship to students recommended by their schools. The award is named after St. Peter because he is the foundation of the Roman Catholic Church as the leading Apostle as well as the first Pope, and to whom Jesus has reinstated to feed and take care of His sheep. Catholic schools share this important mission of shepherding young people and cultivating faith in them, showing them the true light of the world.
Mr. Stephen Chan Teng-Fong, Office Director of the Diocesan Catholic Education Commission, explains that the “St. Peter’s Award” reflects the importance of religious education as viewed by the Diocese of Macao, “Jesus Christ is the foundation of all Catholic Schools, for this reason the presence of religious education shall be felt everywhere in a school. Consider the overall curriculum and lesson plans, students can still experience the religious atmosphere beyond their one or two religious studies lessons per week. From the morning and afternoon prayers before class, to the intra-school organisation of students’ participation in processions held by the Diocese, opportunities for students to learn about or experience the faith are indeed abundant.” Mr. Chan is also glad that the first recipients of the Award comprises both Catholic and non-Catholic students, “this Award was not established only for Catholic students but for all those who are willing to learn and actively participate. For Catholic students, this award is undeniably the best testimony of their Faith, but for non-Catholic students, the award is like a seed of Faith that shall bear much fruit in the future.”
14 dedicated students have been awarded this year (list of awardees on this webpage), the scholarship and concerned expenses have been sponsored by a group of generous benefactors and fellow catholic donors as a reflection of the communion and union within the Holy Church, their donations also symolise that the nurture of the youth is passed down the line from one generation to another. More details of the “St. Peter’s Award” can be obtained from this webpage.