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Last week left us with much to bear. We are coping with enduring effects of the pandemic, flooding on the east coast, the untimely deaths of cricket greats, and an unprincipled war in Ukraine. Lent reminds us to be reflective and responsive to the realities around us: to find the good spirit as we try to do the best we can in the circumstances that confront us.

This week we remembered International Women's Day. We pray for all women striving for equality and justice in our world. May they see an end to prejudice, oppression, and domestic violence. In a few weeks, we have our state election. We seek wisdom as we cast our votes and hope all who are elected work tirelessly for the good and wellbeing of the people of South Australia.

Last week I sent a note conveying our prayers to Xavier Catholic College (XCC), our Jesuit companion school in Ballina, which had been affected by floods. The College made itself available for temporary evacuees, and sections of the local hospital relocated there. It was such a good use of a school and a valuable contribution by the community that surrounds it. A few days later, Kevin Lewis, the Principal, thanked us for our support. He said, “We have been overwhelmed by the generosity of the community, particularly our staff and students supporting those in need. It was typified by a staff member when asked by an evacuee located in the Magis (one of the buildings), ‘What does Magis mean?’ She thought it became oh so clear to herself as she responded, ‘It means to do more and be more in the service of others.’” Kevin reflected that, “Nothing describes better what we do here at XCC than this description of Magis in action.” We continue to pray for all those people in Queensland and New South Wales impacted by the devastating floods. May they be filled with courage and hope as they try to recover.

In the coming weeks, the Jesuit and Companion Schools Australia (JACSA) will sponsor three online forums. These will take place live from 5.30 to 7.00 pm Adelaide time, and recordings should be available for those unable to attend live. The first one on 17 March will have a panel of Maree Mamo, David Chuter, and Nicholas Marchesi reflecting on how digital and technological changes affect the way we deliver social and community resources. The second forum on 6 April will look at the dynamic between secondary and tertiary education and includes Genevieve Jacobs, Suzanne Le Mire, and Barb Watkins. The third panel on 11 May will be led by Catherine Bennett, Alex Parker, and Nicholas Nicoloudis discussing the impact of the pandemic on the health system and its effect on the way we look after the community’s wellbeing. For more information, please click HERE.

As the conflict worsens in Ukraine, please consider supporting the appeal that Jesuit Mission has launched to support the work of Jesuit Refugee Service Europe. They have programs in Poland, Romania, Hungary, and the wider South-East Europe countries to provide legal and administrative assistance, accommodation, food and non-food items, vehicles for transport, psychological and health care assistance, and advocacy and monitoring. More information can be found HERE. We hope President Putin stops the war in Ukraine and ends the suffering inflicted on the Ukrainian people.

Fr Peter Hosking SJ

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.

For those who have died:

  • Peter Michael Culleney (Old Ignatian, 1954−1961)

“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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