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In May last year, we commenced the Ignatian Year with the 500th anniversary of Ignatius’ injury at the Battle of Pamplona. That event and what followed − Ignatius’ conversion and his connection with others to form the Society of Jesus as a religious order − is the reason our community exists.

The second major event in the Ignatian Year occurred on the weekend with the 400th anniversary of the canonisation (declaration of someone as a Saint) of Ignatius and Francis Xavier. Another great hero of the Church, Teresa of Avila, was also canonised with Ignatius and Xavier, as well as Philip Neri and Isidore the Farmer.

For some of our younger students, the canonisation of Ignatius is often confused with the cannonball that injured him at Pamplona, with ‘interesting’ explanations offered! Whatever of that, the anniversary on the weekend reminded us again of the remarkable friendship that Ignatius and Xavier shared and how the two of them, along with Peter Faber, Nicolas Bobadilla, Simon Rodriguez, Diego Lainez, Alfonso Salmeron, and others joined together to form a company or society dedicated to serving others in Christ.

One of the things that I have always been drawn to in my own formation and work at the College is that as a Catholic school in the Ignatian tradition, we have inherited the ways of proceeding from our Founding Fathers. They referred to themselves as ‘Friends in the Lord’, and this idea of friendship, companionship, and working together is something that I very much seek to promote today.

I would like to believe that our staff are companions working together in the formation of our students as inheritors of the world view held by Ignatius, Xavier, and thousands of others over the years.

In our work today − Jesuit and lay companions together − we strive to help our young people become all that they are called to be, and this desire is at the heart of all that we do.

Deo Gloria

Mr Peter Coffey
Principal

Ignatian year

OREMUS (Let us pray)

We remember all in our College community. May our prayers comfort those suffering at this time. May God’s blessing be a source of support in their sorrow and loss, and bring courage, patience, and hope.

“Ask and you shall receive … knock and the door will be opened unto you.” (Matt 7:7)

If you would like someone to be remembered by the College community in prayer (even anonymously), please provide details to the Rector, class or Mentor Teacher, or House Leader.

State Election

Earlier this term, I wrote about the upcoming state election, and this Saturday we are fortunate in South Australia to be able to exert our power as voters to determine our government. There is a great responsibility in doing so, and as we enjoy one of the most open and free democracies in the world, I hope that we never take this for granted.

Our individual voting will be influenced by a range of factors, and this is a good thing. One factor may be related to education.

CESA (Catholic Education SA) has attempted to summarise the major political parties’ key policies related to education, and this information can be found HERE.

I hope that it is helpful.

Peter Coffey
Principal

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