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The Ignatian Year commemorating the 500th anniversary of Ignatius’ cannonball injury at Pamplona and the 400th anniversary of his Canonisation as a saint of the Church, finished with our Patronal Feast Day celebrations on Monday. Students and staff were joined by a number of Jesuits, including Bishop O’Kelly and the Provincial, Fr Quyen Vu, for our whole-school Masses, which were held concurrently at Norwood – one in St Ignatius Church and the other in the Mary Glowrey Centre.

Prior to Mass, the students and staff of the IEY and the Junior and Senior schools gathered on the oval for a photograph to commemorate the 500 years – please see below.

On Monday our Year 12 students visited the IEY and Junior School. This was a great opportunity for students to spend time together, as you can see from this short video:

We celebrate two Saints this week who are important in our College. The Feast of Peter Faber occurs on 2 August and the Feast of Mary MacKillop on 8 August. With Ignatius and Francis Xavier, Peter Faber was one of the founders of the Jesuits. Mary MacKillop is Australia’s first officially recognised Saint. In the Sancti et Socii booklet, please click on p 14 to learn more about Peter Faber and p 32 to learn more about Mary MacKillop.

Visitors to the Senior school will have noticed a Campbelltown Council sign on the corner of Manresa Court directing people to for information about a proposed land swap in Manresa Court. City of Campbelltown (Athelstone, Campbelltown, Hectorville, Magill, Newton, Paradise, Rostrevor and Tranmere) residents in our community are encouraged to complete the survey before August 19 as part of the consultation. If this swap occurs, the College would provide portions of its land to the Council to enable the Council to enhance the Fifth Creek Walking Trail and, in return, the College would receive a section of Manresa Court bordering the northern boundary of the school which would assist with traffic flow and student safety.

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.

“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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