From the Rector
Next week is Refugee Week, an annual event aimed at raising awareness about the plight of forcibly displaced people and highlighting the cultural good that refugees bring to Australian society. Two events in the Senior School − the Friendship Cup and The Cage − remind us of this.
The Friendship Cup occurs on Monday afternoon with soccer players from the Adelaide Secondary School of English and our College. Participants from diverse faiths and lands play a friendly game and share a meal. Both schools value the opportunity. It is an engaging way of making young refugees feel welcome in Australia. It helps our students have a better understanding of people forced to migrate from East Africa and the Middle East. This game has occurred every year since 2003. We are grateful for the support of Adelaide United over the years.
‘The Cage’ takes place for 24 hours from lunchtime Thursday. Year 12 volunteers spend the night in a cage exposed to the elements and away from normal conveniences of screens, food, and the like. It is a small reminder of what many refugees and asylum seekers face every day in an enduring way. Refugees come and share their experience of fleeing oppression, struggling to find protection, and rebuilding their lives. This helps develop a sense of solidarity with the plight of refugees and asylum seekers in camps throughout the world. Students are sponsored for their efforts, with donations going to Jesuit Refugee Service. Should you wish to donate to this event, please contact Mr Mullins: email@example.com
Left: Fr Meyo Obwanda SJ
Fr Meyo SJ (Stephen Eliakim Obwanda Meyo) will be on placement at Saint Ignatius’ College from 16 June to 14 July. He is in Australia as part of his Jesuit formation. A few years after ordination, Jesuits engage in their Tertianship, which takes us back to the sources of our vocation and includes some work assignments. Fr Meyo belongs to the Eastern Africa Province of the Jesuits. He was born to a Kenyan father and a Ugandan mother. After his ordination to priesthood in 2014, he worked in Saint Peter Claver High School in Dodoma, Tanzania, before becoming principal of Loyola High School in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. While working at these Jesuit schools, he was also engaged in parish work.
Left: Julian Butler SJ
Some will remember Julian Butler SJ, who was on a novitiate placement at Saint Ignatius’ College during Term 2, 2018. He will visit the College until the end of this term. Mr Butler worked as a lawyer in Melbourne before joining the Jesuits in 2017. He is now studying theology and philosophy at Parkville in Melbourne. While with us, he will be based in the Senior School assisting Emma Lilley in our service learning programs, and Katie Gue and Grace Frick in Campus Ministry. Please make Fr Meyo and Mr Butler welcome when you see them in the coming weeks.
Left: Fr Kieran Gill SJ
This weekend a number of us will attend the priestly ordination of Frs Kieran Gill and Andy Nguyen in Melbourne on 15 June. Many know Fr Kieran from his time as a scholastic at the College in 2014−16. After having completed a law degree in Melbourne, Fr Kieran entered the Jesuits in 2008. He was inspired by our spirituality of companionship with Jesus and our availability to serve where the needs are greatest. He completed his novitiate in Canisius College and studied philosophy and theology at Jesuit Theological College. He completed his teacher training at Newman College and then worked at Saint Ignatius’ College. For the last few years, he has been studying in Boston. Fr Kieran has been involved in education and young adult ministry, as well as prison, parish, and spirituality ministries. He will be missioned to the Jesuit parish at Norwood for the remainder of this year.
Fr Andy Nguyen entered the Jesuits in 2009. After having completed his master’s degree in Architecture, he wanted to be of further service to humanity and joined the Jesuits. During his training, he has combined his knowledge of architecture with studies in liturgy, worship music, and sacramental theology. He wants to assist faith communities to build sacred spaces that engender beauty, transcendence, and positive participation of the faithful. Please pray for Frs Kieran and Andy as they begin their priestly life of humble service, proclaiming the Word, ministering the Sacraments, and building community.
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 Home Group Teacher, or Year Coordinator.
Fr Peter Hosking SJ