Religious Education in the contemporary Catholic School comprises two distinct but complementary dimensions – teaching people religion and teaching people to be religious. In a school, teaching religion occurs in a structured learning environment, such as a religion class in a classroom. Separate from this, but overlapping is teaching people to be religious which is focused on nurturing the religious, spiritual and faith growth of students. The four components in the Religious Life of a school are: Religious Identity and Culture, Evangelisation and Faith Formation, Prayer and Worship, and Social Action and Justice.
Adapted from Religious Education, Guidelines for the Religious Life of the School
Catholic Education, Archdiocese of Brisbane 2008.​