Theology and Philosophy

The Theological Foundations for Enhancing Catholic School Identity Project

Programs in Theological Foundations for Enhancing Catholic School Identity are now being offered by the Faculty of Theology and Philosophy.

About the KU Leuven Enhancing Catholic School Identity project

The KU Leuven Enhancing Catholic School Identity (ECSI) project is a tool for enhancing Catholic identity in schools within an increasingly secular and pluralist global society.

The ECSI project provides ongoing international research that gives staff, students and school communities a theological framework to better understand and clarify their Catholic identity and beliefs. The project provides empirical and practical-theological instruments to measure a school's Catholicity, and in turn, confirm its future direction and practices.

We often speak intuitively about Catholicity. The role of this project is to bring a framework and also some language to discuss Catholic identity in schools.
Professor Dr Didier Pollefeyt, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven

Theological Foundations for Enhancing Catholic School Identity

The Faculty of Theology and Philosophy offers academic programs designed to guide leaders, teachers and staff within Catholic educational institutions towards a theologically grounded understanding of the ECSI project.

Our programs draw deeply from the Catholic theological tradition and provide learning opportunities to support Catholic schools in understanding, assessing, and enhancing their Catholic identity.

Through the Theological Foundations for Enhancing Catholic School Identity project, participants engage with topics and issues such as:

  • the nature and purpose of the Catholic School
  • the contemporary de-traditionalised secular situation
  • a hermeneutic–communicative understanding of religious education
  • theology as recontextualisation.

Participants develop skills to interpret data generated by the ECSI instruments, as well as the ability to communicate their understanding in ways that support Catholic schools, educational systems, and communities in enhancing their Catholic identity.

Our partnerships

This project has been developed in close collaboration with Professor Dr Didier Pollefeyt, KU Leuven, Belgium, and Directors of Religious Education in a number of Australian dioceses.


Upcoming in 2017: Rome study tour

Expressions of Interest now open!

The Faculty of Theology & Philosophy is delighted to be offering Recontextualisation: The Challenge for Authentic Transformation as an international study tour. The study tour will take place in Rome from Saturday 1 July to Sunday 9 July 2017.

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Upcoming in 2017: Residential intensives in Ballarat, Melbourne and Brisbane

The intensive residential component of the Enhancing Catholic Identity: Introducing the Leuven Project unit will be offered in Ballarat, Melbourne and Brisbane.

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