St Patrick's Day celebrations


What a wonderful celebration of Catholic education we had for Catholic Education Week, with the Visual Arts Exhibition during the week and all the events on St Patrick’s Day, especially the Mass of St Patrick for Schools. It was a joyful celebration of our faith and an opportunity to celebrate our mission of Catholic education, past, present and future.

The Concert in the Park was another joyful event, with about 2,000 students dancing to the music of two of our college bands, and engaging in various sporting activities such as a tug of war. Around 200 students attended the Young Speakers Colloquium to hear speakers reflect on how they have been ‘moved by the love of Christ’ in their lives, and the Visual Arts exhibition was another tour de force, featuring more than 270 works created in all kinds of media from the traditional through to cutting-edge digital technology.

On the evening of St Patrick’s Day, around 450 of Melbourne’s political, business and education leaders came together to celebrate dinner with His Grace Archbishop Hart, and the Irish Ambassador, His Excellency Breandán Ó Caollaí, at the Park Hyatt. Deputy Premier James Merlino, Shadow Treasurer and Liberal MP Michael O’Brien, and the Leader of the Nationals, Peter Walsh, all spoke on the night.

Vale Sr Margaret Mary Kennedy fcJ OAM

Sadly I advise that Sister Margaret Mary Kennedy fcJ OAM, a former principal at Genazzano FCJ College in Kew, died suddenly last week.

Sister Margaret Mary played a significant role in Catholic education in the 1970s and 1980s, including being Chair of the CECV’s Grants Allocation Committee (Secondary). She was especially dedicated to the education of young women and was principal at Genazzano FCJ College from 1983 to 1992.

Catholic Education Today

The Term 1 edition of Catholic Education Today is available under Policies & Publications. In this edition is an article uncovering the world of STEM education and its many forms in our schools; an article from the Life, Marriage and Family Office about instilling the cardinal virtues in children; a look at Lent through Project Compassion; a profile of a family of Catholic educators; and all the usual photographic delights from Around the Archdiocese.