“World Catholic Education Day is a time to recognize our Catholic students, parents, teachers and school leaders.

“This important day falls during Catholic Education Week, which draws inspiration from the prophet Isaiah: ‘Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength.’

“During such a tough year, Catholic educators continue to teach, mentor and guide about 174,000 students across Alberta through faith-based education where faith is permeated throughout the whole school day while keeping school communities safe and healthy.

“I’m so proud of the choice in Alberta’s school system that allows families to choose Catholic education. I hope their faith continues to guide them now. 

“Many will be wearing blue today in celebration – even if they do so virtually. Whether you are a parent, a teacher, a student or another committed staff member or volunteer: Thank you for your courage, unity, hope and strength.”