The St Teresa of Calcutta Roman Catholic Multi Academy Trust (CMAT) exists to secure 3-19 Catholic Education in the Diocese of Salford. Within the CMAT, our academies are communities where our children and young people are given a clear vision for life, a vision which is rooted in the person and teachings of Jesus Christ and which is faithful to the mission of the Catholic Church.
The Trust seeks to serve all our families and to work with other partners in education for the benefit of our children and young people; we are committed to working together as academies and with the wider community for the common good.
In our academies, we uphold the dignity and unique human value of every person as we strive for excellence in education; gifts and talents are shared between our academies as we aim to provide the highest standards for all our children and young people throughout the Trust.
St Teresa of Calcutta CMAT is rooted in the Catholic mission to educate our pupils to the highest academic standards, fuel them with Gospel Spirit, in order to be agents of transformation in society: people who are rooted in action for the common good. We articulate this in our specific goal to use our individual God given gifts to find new ways to spread the joy of the Gospel to every corner of the world…
The St Teresa of Calcutta CMAT was established in Rochdale on 1st October 2017, expanding across five LA areas from Autumn 2019. The Trust serves Catholic schools in the Diocese of Salford across Bolton, Bury, Rochdale, Salford & Wigan.
Why St Teresa of Calcutta?
Mother Teresa was Canonised on September 4, 2016 by Pope Francis, and declared a saint of the Roman Catholic Church. Pope Francis described her as a “tireless worker of mercy”. About 120,000 people crowded into St Peter’s Square, Rome, for the canonisation of the foundress of the Missionaries of Charity.
Afterwards, the Pope celebrated the Christian witness of the “saint of the slums” by buying pizzas for about 1500 poor people in the care of the Missionaries of Charity. In his homily, the Pope said that Mother Teresa was a “generous dispenser of divine mercy”, who served Christ in everyone, from the unborn to those “left to die on the side of the road”.
“I think, perhaps, we may have some difficult in calling her ‘St Teresa’,” he said in remarks that deviated from his prepared text. “Her holiness is so near to us, so tender, and so fruitful that we continue to spontaneously call her ‘Mother Teresa’.
”May this tireless worker of mercy help us increasingly to understand that our only criterion for action is gratuitous love, free from every ideology and all obligations, offered freely to everyone without distinction of language, culture, race, or religion.”
He went on: “Let us carry her smile in our hearts, and give it to those whom we meet along our journey, especially those who suffer. In this way, we will open up opportunities of joy and hope for our many brothers and sisters who are discouraged, and who stand in need of understanding and tenderness.”
Mother Teresa was born Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu to an Albanian family in Skopje, now part of Macedonia, in 1910. She went to India in 1947 as a member a teaching order, the Sisters of Loreto, but felt called by God to serve the poor.
In 1950, she founded the order Missionaries of Charity in the slums of Calcutta. It has now spread to more than 130 countries. She died, aged 87, on 5 September 1997, and, almost immediately afterwards, Pope John Paul II opened her cause for canonisation.
The inexplicable cure of Monica Besra, from West Bengal, of a tumour in her abdomen, allegedly at Mother Teresa’s intercession, became the miracle needed for Pope John Paul to declare the nun Blessed in 2002. Her canonisation became possible after the Vatican confirmed that it believed that the inexplicable healing of a Brazilian man from multiple brain tumours in 2008 was also the result of the prayers of Mother Teresa.
Pope Francis chose the Year of Mercy, which will be observed by the Roman Catholic Church until the end of November, as the perfect moment to declare Mother Teresa a saint. “God is pleased by every act of mercy, because, in the brother or sister that we assist, we recognise the face of God which no one can see,” he said in his homily.
”Each time we bend down to the needs of our brothers and sisters, we give Jesus something to eat and drink; we clothe, we help, and we visit the Son of God.”
The lunch provided by the Pope was served to poor and destitute people cared for by the Missionaries of Charity throughout Italy. They were taken to the Vatican after the canonisation to dine on Neapolitan-style pizzas in the Paul VI Audience Hall, served by about 300 Sisters.
In this CMAT, we aim to develop courageous people of compassion and mercy, inspired by the example of St Teresa of Calcutta, who will be agents of social transformation. We root this in the current teaching of Pope Francis.
“I’m a little pencil in the hand of a writing God, who is sending a love letter to the world.”
“When you know how much God is in love with you, then you can only live your life radiating that love.”
We root our mission in the current teaching of the church, shared by Pope Francis:
Each one of us is called to be an artisan of peace, by uniting and not dividing, by extinguishing hatred and not holding on to it, by opening paths to dialogue and not by constructing new walls!
Unusually, Pope Francis decided to retain his personal motto: Miserando atque eligendo. It is taken from the 21st homily of Saint Bede, which is on the Gospel of Matthew and refers to the vocation of Saint Matthew. He writes: “Vidit ergo Iesus publicanum et quia miserando atque eligendo vidit, ait illi ‘Sequere me’.” (Om. 21; CCL 122, 149-151)
- “Jesus saw the tax collector and, because he saw him through the eyes of mercy and chose him, he said to him: Follow me.”
In this CMAT we are also called to ‘follow Him’, bringing to that calling the gifts and talents we have been granted and are to nurture and deepen through our educational journey…
Pope Francis has said that, “realities are more important than ideas.” Through much of Francis’ thought there is an insistence on striking a new course, creating tension between different aspects of Catholic teaching which he says, “must constantly be re-rooted in pastoral realities.”
This CMAT strikes a new course in a new era: 4th industrial revolution means we have to prepare our students for a time which is fresh and full of new opportunity; a time for the transformation of society.
The Laudato Si Centre is an exciting new project at Wardley Hall which aims to make the Diocese of Salford a flagship for effective action on climate change.
The centre, which sits within the area of this CMAT, was announced by Bishop John in Lent 2019 in response to the current climate crisis and Pope Francis’s call for us all to care for our common home in his document Laudato Si, which the centre is named after.
Pope Francis is the leader of the Roman Catholic faith but he is so much more than just a religious leader. While powerful and famous, it is his selfless nature that has attracted so many people to his humble heart. As patron of our Trust, we aspire to be Christ people first in all we do.
At St Teresa of Calcutta CMAT we aim to show compassion, a humble heart, unconditional love, and openness…
Pope Francis embodies St. Francis of Assisi
Although a Jesuit, Pope Francis took the name of Francis after the Patron Saint Francis of Assisi Italy. Known for his humbleness and compassion towards the poor, Pope Francis has shown many attempts to reach out to the homeless and poverty stricken communities. We are challenged, like Francis of Assisi and Pope Francis, to rebuild the church in our Diocese, to be builders of hope through our education for social transformation, fuelled by our focus on Catholic Social Teaching exemplified in our shared curriculum intent…
Have the courage “to swim against the tide”. Have the courage to be happy.
To be saints is not a privilege for a few, but a vocation for everyone.
He is known as the “People’s Pope”
Pope Francis is the pope of the people. He puts effort into reaching out, literally and figuratively to people. He does not consider himself a superior.
In this CMAT we value each of our academy schools – they purposefully retain their bespoke individual natures reflective of the communities they serve and the individual gifts and talents of the mission teams in each school.
He is popular with the Media
Pope Francis has dominated the social atmosphere by connecting to people through various forms of social media. His twitter account has over 8.75 million followers. He has even been seen taking selfies with his fellow believers in Christ.
In the way that Pope Francis shows connectedness to others, we aim to meet our communities where they are, and remain relevant – a Gospel on the streets for our students; and an educational community rooted in the ‘now’.
Dear young people, please, don’t be observers of life, but get involved. Jesus did not remain an observer, but he immersed himself. Don’t be observers, but immerse yourself in the reality of life, as Jesus did.
We must walk united with our differences: there is no other way to become one. This is the way of Jesus.
He loves the poor
Pope Francis has been seen sneaking out to go be with the homeless people countless of times. He does not look at poor people in any less of a way he would look at the rich.
At St Teresa of Calcutta CMAT we prioritise the unique needs of all students. It is as much our job to enable a student to achieve at the highest level as it is to serve the pupil who finds learning challenging. Wellbeing is prioritised, since true education must strive for complete formation of the human person.
He loves children
Pope Francis is seen embracing children multiple times. He loves children and is constantly reaching out to bless or hold a newborn baby, letting a small child climb onto his lap, or even giving two school children a ride in the pope-mobile.
This CMAT is an organisation that concerns children. We must strive to love as brother / sister, seeing each family as a reflection of The Holy Family. Our rule is to love like Christ.
But always think this: do not be afraid of failure. Do not be afraid of falling. In the art of walking, what is important is not avoiding the fall but not remaining fallen.
Do not be afraid to dream great things!
He does not judge
Pope Francis lives the example set by Christ. He shows loves for everyone, regardless of race, gender, sexuality, religion, and every other aspect that makes humans unique and different. Pope Francis is seen interacting with many different religions as well. He is accepting of everyone and believes that although he is Pope, he does not have the right to judge others.
In this CMAT, we are inspired by Gospel Values to demonstrate inclusivity and welcome to all who make up our communities. We encourage all to see themselves as members of the family of God, the human race – with a shared responsibility towards one another and our common home. Reconciliation is at the heart of our behavioural policies.
The family is the greatest treasure of any country. Let us all work to protect and strengthen this, the cornerstone of society.