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Brigidines hand over stewardship of Kildare College

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Kildare College celebrated a significant milestone in its history with the stewardship of the school officially handed from the Brigidine Congregation to Kildare Ministries earlier this month.

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The handover means that the role of the Brigidine Sisters changes from one of responsibility and governance to one of accompaniment.

The Transfer of Land Ritual on July 3 was attended by some of the founding Brigidine Sisters, representatives of Kildare Ministries, Kildare College Stewardship Council, current and past staff, principals, partner primary and secondary school principals and community members.

It began with a traditional Welcome to Country by a Kaurna community member before Kildare’s ‘lamp of learning’ was brought to the stage in a procession including a Kaurna Elder, a Sister who taught at the college, and a representative of the trustees and college.

Sr Anne Hill, Victorian Community Leader of the Brigidine Sisters, presented a plaque to signify the official handing forward of the stewardship to Kathy McEvoy, from the Trustees of Kildare Ministries.

After reading a co-missioning statement, guests moved into an area of the college dedicated to Indigenous culture and learning, known as the ‘Wirra’. To mark the occasion, the college was presented with an artwork entitled ‘Woman of Strength and Gentleness’ which was painted by artist-in-residence Chris Crebbin with the assistance of the college’s Nunga Group students.

Guests then enjoyed a short performance by college dancers and a lunch prepared by the Hospitality students.

“It was a beautiful celebration of the history of the college and quite a moving event,” said deputy principal Tina Neate.

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