To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Archbishop Hart’s ordination, priests and supporters from Melbourne’s Catholic community gathered at St Patrick’s Cathedral on 23 July 2017. Archbishop Hart shared many stories of his service to the local Catholic community since 1967.
The 2017 St Patrick’s Day festivities was filled with joyful celebration of faith, music, mission and art for Catholic schools students from across the Archdiocese of Melbourne. After the Mass, around 2,000 primary school students gathered in Treasury Gardens for the Concert in the Park to enjoy the best of our school bands, with performers from Padua College, Mornington, and Mercy College, Coburg.
While the primary school kids were busy dancing to some great rock and pop music, nearly 200 Year 10 students attended the Young Speakers Colloquium at the Catholic Leadership Centre. Last year’s speakers were Fr Rob Galea, an accomplished singer and song writer, and Manu Lavemai who attended Aquinas College, Ringwood, where she did youth ministry.
Executive Director of Catholic Education, Stephen Elder, described Catholic Education Week as ‘an opportunity to celebrate our proud history of a making a difference in the community’.
Our newest teachers received a special welcome at the graduate teacher celebration on 26 July 2017 at the Catholic Leadership Centre. Archbishop Hart celebrated Mass for 86 new teachers who began their teaching journeys in Catholic primary or secondary schools in 2017.
Mass was followed by an afternoon tea hosted by Executive Director of Catholic Education, Stephen Elder. Speakers included Brittany Anthony (2016 Graduate Teacher from Kolbe Catholic College, Greenvale Lakes) and Christian Williams, ICT teacher at St Michael’s School, Ashburton (nominated for the Varkey Foundation’s 2015 Global Teacher Prize).
On 23 May 2017, Aquinas College, Ringwood, hosted one of Melbourne’s largest events to promote Aboriginal reconciliation — the Long Walk. Patron of the Long Walk, Michael Long, and former senator and Olympian, Nova Peris, walked with 3,000 students representing 42 Catholic, government and independent schools. Great Ryrie Street in Ringwood was closed to traffic to cater to the thousands of enthusiastic walkers.
The Aquinas Long Walk was a powerful symbol of the College’s commitment to reconciliation between black and white Australia.
To celebrate the sixth and final apparition of the Virgin Mary at Fatima, Portugal, on 13 October 1917, Father Aurelio Fragapane (parish priest at St Clare’s, Thomastown West) gathered the children of St Clare’s School along with hundreds of other guests onto the school oval for a rosary, Mass, Benediction and procession of the statue of Our Lady of Fatima around the school grounds to commemorate this significant 100th anniversary.