As I reflect on the Sesquicentenary celebration event last Saturday, I feel grateful, as a beneficiary of Catholic Education in the Josephite tradition, to be part of the story. Congratulations and thank you to all the Sisters for the years of dedicated service, for the example set, love shared and promise of a future.
The celebration put us all back in touch with the beginnings of the dream that has lived on for 150 years. His Grace, Archbishop Wilson in his homily at St Ignatius Church, spoke so eloquently about the conviction, strength and fortitude of a woman who challenged even the Pope with her faith. Would we, could we do the same?
Mrs McGuigan, Principal of Mary MacKillop College, in her welcome to the College for the book launch asked us to:
“Cast your eyes through the glass windows and look towards the St Joseph’s Chapel and the convent. Retrace the steps that you took here today as you walked from St Ignatius Church through the convent grounds and chapel and then on to the school grounds. You have walked on Holy ground – you have walked where Mary walked and the Sisters still walk today. On formal occasions when our girls sit at assemblies and we gather in prayer, that is the view that is the work of Mary MacKillop and the Sisters and a reminder to our girls and the staff and to me as Principal that we are part of the evolving story and that we have a responsibility to cherish the story and to continue the legacy and mission of the Sisters”
Sr Monica Cavanagh and Sr Margaret Cleary also shared aspects of St Mary of the Cross MacKillop’s story. The common thread was a woman of vision, faith, strength, perseverance and endurance all brought to life for the love of God and the betterment of others. One cannot help but be inspired, uplifted and encouraged. These events and celebrations reconnect us with vision and we renew our resolve to augment that vision, through stewardship that honours, preserves and grows. A thought springs to mind, “a seed sown for perpetuity”.
Last week I attended an assembly in the Gymnasium, it was vibrant, pulsating so many things to share so many activities with so much to celebrate, the talents the opportunities the experiences.
The girls showcased events of Reconciliation Week, shared stories of their trip to Japan, their achievements at Generations in Jazz, theatre, and sports. The list goes on. Education at Mary MacKillop College is all encompassing. All this in the shadow of the Mother House, the beginnings of Catholic Education in South Australia. Mary would be proud, we are proud and we work purposefully and diligently, with faith and the grace of God to continue the story.
Chairperson of the Mary MacKillop College Board