April 30, 2021
by Director of Mission, Mr Geoff Brodie
Christ is Risen. He is Risen Indeed!
We ended last term in the Holy Week that marks the Passion of Jesus. It is the most solemn time of our year. We begin this term in the joy of Jesus’ Resurrection as we continue the season of Easter.
This time last year, I offered these words in the Crest:
This week we were cast back into the feelings and questions of Good Friday with the death of a good man, Gerard Sullivan. Our prayers and deepest condolences reach out to his wife Suzie, his daughters, Ella and Lucinda, and to all his family and friends.
Gerard was a staff member and ex-Deputy Headmaster of the College. His wisdom and joy in the education of young men was contagious. To commemorate his life, we have inaugurated Crazy Sock Day, as Gerard was well known for his dazzling hosiery. The coin donation will increase our contribution to our Edmund Rice Day partners. May I invite all families to take the time to dwell in the love of family. Perhaps set aside some time this weekend simply to abide in the company of those we love. Let us keep all families in our prayers.
Next Wednesday is Edmund Rice Day, and it commences our Eddie Rice Month. During May, students will be invited to transform their time into justice for others. Details of how this will operate will be published shortly but let us begin by noting that through his effort to raise funds for the Walkathon, a student can transform his time into an Eddie Rice Camp for disadvantaged children. Through the donation of his wages from one shift at work, a student can transform his time into clean water for students at Edmund Rice schools in Africa. By seeking a donation for doing a bit extra around the home or for a neighbour, a student can transform a few hours into resources for Caritas as they respond to the victims of natural disasters. I ask all families to discuss ways in which a few hours can transform the lives of others this month.
Finally, St Patrick’s College has a partnership with two schools in India: St. Columba’s School in Delhi and St John’s High School in Chandigarh. Let us keep the students, families, staff of these schools, and all the people in India in our prayers as they face the ravages of COVID. May all people, from all nations, who are suffering through great hardship come to know the consolation of God’s love. For Christ is Risen. He is Risen Indeed!