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Each term during the year has particular characteristics unique to it. For me, Term 2, following Easter, is always thought of as the ‘Resurrection Term’.

As a Catholic school in the Ignatian tradition, we believe in Jesus’ resurrection and the hope that this gives to all believers. It is true that in our southern hemisphere, we’re sliding into winter during this term, which is often a bit challenging, but the weeks after Easter and then Pentecost with the coming of the Holy Spirit, I always find very consoling.

I was fortunate at the Vigil Mass on Easter Saturday evening in our chapel to participate in the Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharistic ceremony for some members of our Senior School community – a student and two staff – and that was a joyful and uplifting occasion.

Somewhat in the same theme, our staff formation day at the beginning of this week was focused on this, with the title of the day being Catholic Identity and its Relevance in Today’s World. I take this opportunity to thank our Head of Ignatian Ethos, Mrs Jacquie McCabe, for all her work, along with Father Tanaya SJ and others, in coordinating this experience.

Our presenter was Dr Maeve Louise Heaney from the Australian Catholic University, and she was a wonderful leader for us in exploring this topic. Originally from Ireland and possessing great gifts not only in theology and philosophy but also in music and poetry, Maeve engaged all staff in ways that promoted deep thinking and conversation amongst groups on the day and provided us with desirable challenges for us to consider as we discern our way forward.

Her capacity to draw on our Ignatian tradition and heritage, as well as Ignatian spirituality, was extraordinary, and her references to our Ignatian charism reminded us again of just how blessed we are to be a part of the Jesuit network.

We were reminded on Monday that Ignatian spirituality and the work of Ignatius and his early companions in establishing the Society of Jesus were to draw people closer to God. In our modern world, this is somewhat countercultural, but perhaps that makes our work all the more important. I do know that as we start this term, our staff are renewed in their commitment to work for the formation of the students in their care through living out Christ’s teachings in the Gospels.

I hope that the term ahead is a good one for us all.

Deo Gloria

Mr Peter Coffey
Principal

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.

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