Interfaith Encounters

The Interfaith Encounters program brings senior students from diverse faith backgrounds together. The program provides the platform for students and staff to develop new friendships, celebrate difference, deepen faith and promote peace and social cohesion.

The Interfaith Encounters program provides a practical component to the study of religion.

Bringing senior students from diverse backgrounds together, the program provides the platform for students and staff to develop new friendships, celebrate difference, deepen faith, promote peace and social cohesion.

Interfaith Encounters provides students with knowledge, skills and experience in identity, dignity, and diversity.

Each inter-school program is preceded by partnership meetings with staff from each school and a focus group held with students to co-develop the specific program.

Participants will:

  • Deepen their understanding of identity
  • Grow in awareness of difference and appreciation for embracing diversity
  • Appreciate the influences of bias and stereotypes
  • Identify the building blocks of harmony
  • Experience visiting sacred places
  • Dialogue genuinely and openly with others
  • Commit to concrete actions of harmony as a result of the program.


Interfaith Encounters programs are customised to the needs of schools and the student groups. Programs can be tailored to include virtual sessions and combined virtual and face to face options. Catholic Mission will arrange partnership meetings & tailor the program in consultation with schools.

Interfaith Encounters – an inter-school program

For further information please contact:

Catherine Towiro

Interfaith Encounters Program Coordinator

PH: 02 9919 7800

Direct: 02 9919 7823

E: interfaith@catholicmission.org.au