Catholic schools and seminaries across Canada are struggling to accommodate a growing number of students, many of whom are Muslim, who identify as atheist or agnostic.
Here are some questions and answers to help you get to know your religious institution.
Are there any Catholic schools that accept students from outside the faith?
There are about 100 Catholic schools in Canada, but most of them are located in urban areas with relatively small populations, such as the Greater Toronto Area, and rural areas with large populations, like the Prairies.
There are also some Catholic schools outside the country that offer special programs and services for students who are from other faiths, such a Catholic school in Ottawa that serves as a sanctuary for students with intellectual disabilities.
How do you accept students who identify with a different religion?
Students may choose to be admitted to Catholic schools based on their religious affiliation, but not all schools are welcoming to students from other religions.
Some schools, such the Catholic school that serves the Muslim community in Ontario, have adopted policies that exclude students from all faiths, including those that are not explicitly religious.
Some other schools in Ontario have adopted rules that require students to participate in prayer and fasting in the classroom.
Students are also asked to attend religious classes and religious activities in the school.
The Catholic School of the Peace in Ottawa has had an anti-bullying policy in place for more than a decade, and it encourages students to exercise religious and social responsibility.
It also has a prayer room where students can meet with their priest, and a small prayer room at the front of the building where students may pray privately.
Students also attend a daily prayer meeting with a chaplain and are encouraged to participate and share their personal experiences.
What are some of the different faiths that students may be eligible to attend?
There is a wide range of beliefs in the world today.
There is no single religion, but there are a few common denominators that can be shared, said Franciscan friar and chaplain Father John Cavanagh, who leads the Catholic School in Ottawa.
Some students choose to come to Canada from other countries, like Australia and Brazil.
There can be as many as six or seven religions in one country.
But they all have a common goal of living out their lives in peace and understanding one another, he said.
There may be religious differences, like different beliefs about the existence of God, which are a part of the Christian faith, or different faiths, like Catholicism, that don’t accept the notion of a Supreme Being or God, said Cavanah.
“Some may choose not to accept that God exists or believe that there is something wrong with this world,” he said, “but we are not looking to make a big deal out of that.
That is not what our school is about.”
Can I go to Catholic school with a student who identifies as atheist?
Yes, although you may not be allowed to go to the same school as an atheist.
If you have any questions about the admission of students to Catholic or Protestant schools, contact your school.
How does the Catholic College of the Holy Cross handle student religious diversity?
The Catholic College is a small group of priests and nuns who work together to ensure that all students are treated with dignity and respect.
The College has a team of students and staff who meet once a week to discuss issues relating to religious diversity.
The college is an organization that works to ensure a healthy environment for all students, said Father Christopher P. Gagnon, the college’s director of education and education planning.
Gignon said the College is committed to supporting students who want to attend Catholic schools, even if they do not identify with the Catholic faith.
“We’re not just there to accommodate students, but we’re also there to provide them with a safe space, a place where they can pray privately,” he explained.
How is a student selected to participate as a student at a Catholic or Catholic-affiliated school?
Some students are considered academically gifted, but others are selected by their families.
For example, a child may be a talented musician or athlete, but may not have the same level of musical talent as a Catholic student.
Some children may not identify as religious at all.
If a child does identify as a religious student, they may be required to take a Catholic religious studies course.
The course will teach the student how to identify with their religion and to practice the faith in a safe and positive environment.
What can a Catholic university do to support religious diversity at Catholic schools?
The University of Toronto is an institution that is part of a global network of Catholic universities, which includes St. Joseph’s, the University of Ottawa, St. Vincent de Paul, and other universities in Ontario and Quebec.
The university has made efforts to include more students of other faiths in its programs, including a new student orientation program, where students will