Christmas 2021: Jesus, Our Living Hope

Archbishop J. Michael Miller shares words of joy and encouragement during this Advent and Christmas season.

This Christmas, the Church is open for the celebration of Mass. We rejoice that the faithful can come together to praise the Lord for the great gift of Christmas and want to invite everyone to share in this blessing.

Faith Development Day 2021

On September 1st, the CISVA connected online for our annual Faith Development Day to dive deeper into our theme for the 2021/22 School  Year: “One Family, One Hope in Christ.”

Our presenter is David Wells. David uses humor and stories to share his great experience in ministry and teaching; he will address wellbeing, family, and the hope we find in Jesus Christ. David began teaching in 1985, was Head of Upper School, worked in London, England for the Catholic Education Service, and has worked in adult formation with the diocese of Nottingham and the Plymouth Diocese.

Many thanks to all those who participated and took part in preparing for and executing the event. AMDG.


  • First Place: St. Andrew’s Elementary
  • Second Place: St. Edmund’s Elementary
  • Third Place: Notre Dame Regional Secondary

Thank you to everyone who participated! We enjoyed viewing all the submissions.


  • Archdiocese of Vancouver
    • Commitment to Truth & Reconciliation with First Nations and Indigenous People (via RCAV)
  • David Wells (Guest Speaker)
  • Rose Pillay (Educational Consultant, Superintendent’s Office)
    • The One-Degree Difference (via Strength Leader)
    • The Extra Degree Difference (via Inspire Your People)
    • Pope Francis’ Apostolic Letter “Patris Corde” on the 150th Anniversary of the Proclamation of St. Joseph as Patron of the Universal Church (via Vatican)
    • Rose’s Twitter Account to see all her amazing and timely resources throughout the school year (Follow @RosePillay1)
  • Kevin Solis (Educator, Archbishop Carney Regional Secondary)


2021/22 School Year Theme: “One Family, One Hope in Christ.”

Welcome back to a new school year!

Every year in May, principals, teachers, and staff of the Superintendent’s Office, as well as teachers and administrators from the other BC dioceses, gather (this year virtually) to plan for our annual theme. After much prayer, consideration, and planning, we’re excited to share that the theme for the 2021/22 school year is, “One Family, One Hope in Christ.”

Throughout the course of our lives, our relationships and interactions shape us for better (and for worse). We have an amazing capacity as humans to remember and organize all these smaller interactions into larger pictures. The little pieces of life are brought together in our hearts and become “mosaics” that dramatically influence the way we see the world and others. As educators in our school-parish communities, we seek to care and guide those around us. An encouraging word, a consoling prayer, a simple smile can sometimes be the little piece that contributes to a life-changing mosaic for others. Appreciating the influence of those who have shaped us as well as those we shape makes a world of difference.

We come together as one community, united with our local diocese and the global Church to celebrate the “Amoris Laetitia Family” year. We look forward to seeing how members of our CISVA school-parish community will live out this beautiful theme in simple and extraordinary ways throughout the Church’s liturgical seasons during the school year. As we reflect on the historical figures of Jesus’ life and community, especially the Blessed Virgin Mary and St. Joseph, we pray that we may be encouraged to always have hope in Christ and strive to grow in charity and holiness.

Holy Family, pray for us.

Artwork provided by Jen Norton

First Nations and Truth and Reconciliation Week

Kamloops Indian Residential Schools

In light of the tragic news regarding the discovery of 215 children buried at the Kamloops Residential School, the CISVA community wishes to express our collective sense of deep sadness and shock. Throughout the week, our office and school communities will be provided with opportunities for prayer and learning. In solidarity with First Nations communities, our schools will lower their flags to half-mast and will observe two minutes of silence at 2:15 pm on Monday, May 31, 2021. Students and staff in our schools and office may also wear orange during the week to show support for residential school survivors and their families.


Indigenous Education Resources

The following resources were shared at the CISVA Principals’ Meeting on Thursday, September 16, 2021

Truth and Reconciliation Week

From September 27th to October 1st, CISVA schools will be participating in a variety of activities and lessons to learn about Indigenous culture, residential schools, and truth and reconciliation.

CISVA schools and the Superintendent’s Office will be closed on September 30th, 2021 on the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. From sunrise to sunset, Canadian flags will be lowered half-mast to commemorate the ongoing trauma caused by residential schools. On this day, we remember the lives lost, the survivors, as well as the families and communities who continue to mourn and grieve. We encourage members of the CISVA community to visit the above resources to learn, reflect, and pray for healing, truth, and reconciliation.


Last updated: September 27, 2021.