College captain Liam Coleman carried the crucifix in the entrance procession to the Mass which was celebrated by Vicar General Father Philip Marshall.
In his welcome, Principal Paul Belton spoke about Edmund Rice, the founder of the Christian Brothers and the Presentation Brothers whose passion for providing education to Catholic boys in Ireland has transpired into a holistic education for all boys at St Paul’s College.
Mr Belton also paid tribute to the many different cultures and religions that make up the college’s diverse community, saying that diversity is one of its greatest strengths and a testament to its core value of inclusivity. This was reflected in the offertory procession when students brought forth symbols acknowledging the different faiths that grace the college. The Primary Choir sang the moving Celtic blessing, Deep Peace, in reference to Blessed Edmund Rice’s Irish heritage.
At the conclusion of the service, students sang a rousing rendition of the Edmund Rice anthem in a unified voice of pride.
Celebrations continued at school with a range of activities that reflected student pride, harmony and a strong sense of community. Edmund Rice’s legacy was most evident as individual students voiced their concerns regarding current social justice issues in a symbolic presentation to the entire student body.Jump to next article