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Last week our Jesuit Provincial, Fr Quyen Vu SJ, visited the College for a thanksgiving gathering for friends and benefactors. Father Quyen SJ offered a moving tribute to our outgoing Principal, Peter Coffey. He also acknowledged the leadership team, Directors of the Board and its committees, members of the Foundation, the Parents and Friends Committee, Fidelis, and the Old Ignatians Association. He especially thanked our generous donors, noting how our Bursary Fund supports many who are disadvantaged in the world, and how our building campaigns enable us to develop facilities that create an environment where students can learn well and develop their full potential.

This weekend we look forward to the Valete event for our graduating Year 12s. This celebrates our strong sense of community and hopefully lifetime bonds and friendships. It also reminds us of the wider influence of Jesuit education, which Olivia Savvas summarised well when she spoke to our students after she was elected to the South Australian Parliament earlier this year: “Each and every student at our College has been given the privilege of an Ignatian toolkit – a combination of academics, social skills, faith and a heart for social justice. To be given that toolkit is a privilege, one I know our students will use wisely. I consider that privilege my compass – one I hope never to take for granted.”

We received news that Dr Mark Henschke died this week. He was injured in a cycling accident with a rubbish truck a fortnight ago. Mark was the first College Captain at the senior campus in 1967 and was the guest of honour at our Speech Day in 2017, the 50th anniversary of the Senior School. He was well regarded for his work in medical education, obstetrics, and rural health. Mark was an exceptional human being and a person of deep and abiding faith. Please pray for his family in this grievous loss.

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:

  • Dr Mark Henschke OAM (Class of 1967)
  • Raffaele Rotolo

“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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Vale Dr Mark Henschke

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