Catholic Education is the sacred task of forming the character of a child and aiding him/her to attain the purpose of existence (Pope Pius XI 192).
Catholic education is concerned with the formation of the whole person, so that all may attain eternal salvation in Christ and at the same time promote the common good of society. Children and young persons are therefore to be cared for in such a way that their physical, intellectual, moral and spiritual senses develop in a harmonious manner, so that they may attain a greater sense of responsibility and might use of freedom, and be formed to take an active part in social life. (Can. 795 of the Code of Canon Law).
According to New Catholic Encyclopedia, Education as a generic term, has a both broad and a restricted meaning and an informal and a formal application. In its widest interpretation, education is the aggregate of all those experiences that enlighten the mind, increase knowledge, foster insight, develop abilities and attitudes and strengthen the will. In its restricted sense, education implies the systematic acquisition of knowledge through recognized agencies and a controlled environment, particularly that of the school, on an elementary, secondary, or higher level, in order to attain social competence and optimum personal development ( cf. J.W Donohue, Education in New Catholic Encyclopedia).