A Catholic diocese in the Australian Outback has announced plans to open the first K-12 Catholic school named for Blessed Carlo Acutis.Catholic school named for Blessed Carlo Acutis will have ‘the Eucharist at its heart’
Blessed Carlo Acutis College will “have at its heart a daily life of prayer and devotion to the Blessed Eucharist where all students will have the opportunity to build a deep friendship with Jesus,” according to its founding bishop.
In an interview with CNA, Bishop Columba Macbeth-Green said his diocese wanted to give its new school a heavenly patron that “the children could be inspired with in their faith.”
Blessed Carlo Acutis was a young Catholic from Italy with a passionate devotion to the Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist and an aptitude for computer programming.
In 2020, Acutis became the first millennial to be beatified by the Catholic Church and is now one step away from canonization as a saint.
“He’s a young man with devotion to the Holy Eucharist, which is the center of our school, and up with the internet, with the things young people today are dealing with: how to be a saintly person in today’s world,” said the bishop of Wilcannia-Forbes, a diocese covering the Far West region of New South Wales.
“I just thought: ‘Well, he’d be an obvious patron for school.’”
When Blessed Carlo was an elementary school student, he would often ask to stop to pray in front of the tabernacle of his parish, which he passed during his walks to and from school.
“At the center of the school is going to be the chapel. Everything comes out from there,” Bishop Columba said.
“Even in the design of our chapel, it will be so that the children can come in and make their visit [to the Blessed Sacrament], which will be a part of the daily routine of the school in imitation of Blessed Carlo,” the bishop said.
Bishop Columba is a firm believer that a greater focus on the Eucharist can provide a spiritual renewal of Catholic education.
“We need to set our young people up with a love for our Lord,” he said.
He added: “We need to really get back and rediscover and actually live our faith because that’s where we get our nourishment from.”
“And we can see in the Church around the world today what happens when you lose that. People go away. Young people don’t come to church because they don’t have that relationship.”