“I have come that they may have life and have it to the full” (John 10.10)
The church exists in order to evangelise. In order to carry out this mission, Bishop Philip has re-established the pastoral administration of the Diocese of Portsmouth as ‘The Framework for Collaboration’ (the ‘Framework’). The Framework mirrors the threefold ministry of the Bishop who acts in the name of Our Lord Jesus Christ as the Priest, Prophet and King. Practically this has led to three Vicariates within the Framework: Vocation, Education and Evangelisation. These Vicariates represent three dynamically interrelated strands of Christian discipleship: call, formation and mission. The call of Christ invites the disciple to formation in Christian doctrine, life and spirituality, and in turn sends him or her out on mission.
The Department for Schools and the family of Catholic schools within the diocese fit into the diocesan Framework for Collaboration as an integral part of the Church’s mission. “The Church is absolutely convinced that the educational aims of the Catholic school in the world of today perform an essential and unique service for the Church herself” (The Catholic School, Sacred Congregation for Catholic Education). The Department for Schools and each school are called to work in collaboration with the Bishop, within the context of the Bishop’s four diocesan priorities, working towards:
- Seeking out and drawing in the unbelieving and un-churched.
- Developing lifelong discipleship, spiritual growth and a living relationship with Jesus Christ, above all in the Holy Eucharist.
- Discerning the gifts (charisms) and the vocations God has given to the Christian community.
- Forming and supporting existing and new extraordinary apostolates.