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Kildare celebrates opening of new building

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The newest building at Kildare College – and the first for over 30 years – was officially opened and blessed by Administrator Delegate Father Philip Marshall in front of 800 people in May.

The Brigidine Centre is named in honour of the five Brigidine Sisters who in 1966 established a new school in the north east of Adelaide, at the request of Archbishop Matthew Beovich.

Principal Margaret Rouggos formally welcomed guests to the centre and the special liturgy included musical and dance performances by Kildare College students.

Symbols that will adorn each room, including a large scale contemporary St Brigid’s metal cross for the foyer, were blessed in front of the school community and then Fr Philip moved through the building to bless the remaining rooms.

The plaque was unveiled by the co-chairs of the Trustees of Kildare Ministries, Sr Maree Marsh CSB and Ms Rosemary Copeland.

Following official proceedings, guests enjoyed food prepared by the Food and Hospitality students and took the opportunity to reminisce about their association with the college and tour the building.

Mrs Rouggos said the decision to name the building the Brigidine Centre recognised the hard work of all Brigidine Sisters who taught at the college throughout its history, and the presence of the Brigidine Sisters in Adelaide who proudly educated young women in the Brigidine tradition.

“Furthermore, it cements the importance of their hard work for future Kildare students, and this should certainly be acknowledged and honoured with great esteem,” she said.

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