It wasn’t until Anna Weber was entering university when she experienced Catholic education for the first time. Growing up, the Saskatchewan resident never attended a Catholic elementary or high school in a Catholic.
But when she entered university, she changed that.
“I didn’t attend a Catholic high school, but I’ve been very involved in the Catholic community in university,” she explains.
Now entering her fourth year in the International Studies program at Campion College at the University of Regina, Anna embraced the opportunities to join faith-based groups.
“I’m on the national executive for the Canadian Catholic Students’ Association, a group whose focus is to unite Catholic students on campuses across Canada,” she says. “Through this organization and other Catholic groups on campus, I’ve been given opportunities to grow and develop in my faith, meet like-minded students, and form lasting friendships.”
Anna says attending a Catholic school and being surrounded with opportunities to develop her faith formation have been wonderful assets to her overall university experience.
“The kind of Catholic education I’ve received in university has been mostly informal – through my local and national Catholic community – but it has been invaluable,” she says.
Anna will be one of the youth panelists at this September’s CCSTA conference, Catholic Education: A National Conversation in Ottawa. The youth panel will discuss their own Catholic education experiences and answer questions from attendees.
Anna says she looks forward to taking part in the panel, for her own understanding of Catholic education.
“I decided to participate on the youth panel because I would like to learn about the experiences of others in Catholic education, as well as to share my own,” she explains. “I’ve been considering pursuing a degree in education as well, so I hope to gain some insight into the field.”
She says she hopes conference participants will also gain knowledge from her story.
“I hope attendees will recognize the importance of Catholic education from the elementary level through to post-secondary education.”
To register for the conference, please visit the Catholic Education: A National Conversation website.